On Sunday, October 20, Neocate was a proud sponsor and attendee of the First Annual FPIES Conference, presented by the IAFFPE. The event, which brough out healthcare providers and families from across the world, was held at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The day was filled with a series of workshops and panel discussions focused on everything from understanding the importance of a GI in FPIES diagnosis to safe tips for navigating schools and babysitting.
Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) is an allergic reaction in the gastrointestinal system. The most common triggers are milk and soy, but any food (even those thought to be hypoallergenic e.g. rice, oat) can cause an FPIES reaction. FPIES typically starts within the first year of life.
Unlike most food allergies, the FPIES reactions are delayed and usually begin about 2 hours after ingestion of the causative food. FPIES reactions are characterized by profuse vomiting and diarrhea. In about 20% of cases the child will have such an extreme reaction to a food that they will go into shock and need to be taken quickly to the Emergency Room for immediate treatment. About 75% will have acute episodes on diagnosis. The other 25% children will have more chronic symptoms, which resolve within 1 week after avoiding the food.
Because FPIES has such an overwhelming impact on many of the families we support, we were very proud to the official sponsor of this event. We look forward to next year's conference.
To learn more about IAFFPE and FPIES, please visit www.iaffpe.org