Does FPIES Go Away?
The simple answer is: Yes, Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome does go away as if it were cured in children who reach toddler age.
This is the case for most young children and in some very rare cases, FPIES may stay with a child until adolescence and extremely rarely into adulthood. Typically, this condition will be diagnosed in a young baby within weeks or months of being born because a mother will notice a strange pattern of symptoms after introducing a new type of food to their child. A doctor will determine if FPIES is the condition affecting your baby and he can offer you his network of medical connections and further resources to help you learn more about what your baby is going through with this allergic condition.
Every month or year, your doctor or allergist may suggest that you follow up with them to track your child’s progress. Typically, FPIES goes away before the child reaches age 4 or 5, but most commonly will subside by age 3. The doctor may ask you to continue to monitor your child’s health post-FPIES for the future well-being of your precious baby.
Why does FPIES cure itself like this?
Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome is a relatively new type of allergic condition that only has about a decade of research and consideration. It is commonly confused with other health conditions and food allergies, so the uncertainty of this illness sets back research and understanding about it a little bit.
There are a few well-developed hypotheses about this condition and why it occurs in young babies and then disappears by age 4. Perhaps, it all simply has to do with the development of the child’s digestive system along with their immune health. There may be some factor in their environment that is affecting their development that you can not blatantly recognize.
All that the child may need for treatment and the FPIES cure is time, which is often the answer for many things in life. We just may need to give our baby some time to develop so that they can handle more complex foods in their body. This could be compared to how some children need more time to learn and stuff like that.
The best treatment we can provide to our children with FPIES is the avoidance of the triggers in their diets. If a certain type of food gives them a reaction, it is important to completely avoid letting them consume it, rather than trying to slowly get them to be used to it by introducing small amounts. This technique is dangerous and could lead to long-term damage to your baby’s health. Only do this if your professional recommends that you do. That way, you can sue him if he is wrong. Just kidding.