Philadelphia, Toddlers generally require a variety of foods to meet nutritional requirements. But not for Landon Schultz (2 years), toddlers can only eat five foods just because he has a rare disease.
Disturbances in Landon had seen when she was 2 weeks. He suffered terrible eczema, often cried during the day and night crying and vomiting, which makes as if he was allergic to breast milk.
When the doctor suggested that Landon be given soy milk or formula, but the situation worsened. He had diarrhea for up to 10 times a day accompanied by blood and mucus and bleeding due to eczema worsened under the hair of his head.
When the mother gave him wheat so Landon became vomiting up his body limp. The mother immediately took her to a doctor who said that digestion was due to viral infection. These conditions make weight Landon dropped 1 kilo in 2 weeks and stunted growth.
After several times back and forth the hospital and met a variety of specialists, Landon finally get a definitive diagnosis at the age of 19 months by a doctor from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Landon was diagnosed with food protein induced entercolitis syndrome (FPIES), a condition so severe that he could only eat five foods that are sweet strawberries, blueberries, grapes, raisins and milk elemental formula.
“Doctors had diagnosed it within 10 minutes. I can not describe my feelings at that time, terrible and relief,” said the mother, Fallon Schultz (28 years), as quoted from ABCNews, on Friday (08/07/2011).
Schultz said that he would do everything that is best for her baby so that he can still grow well like the other kids. This condition makes Landon could not eat 27 kinds of fruits, vegetables, milk and soy products, grains and meat.
If he is eating these foods other than 5, then a few days later his body would fight the proteins in foods that can damage the intestine and cause diarrhea and vomiting that can increase the risk of dangerous shock.
“FPIES not like food allergy reaction will appear in the next second. But this reaction will be delayed so that makes it difficult to diagnose,” said Dr. Jonathan Spergel, head of the allergy division of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dr. Spergel said there are possibilities of processed foods, probiotics are a little content as well as food preservative against these conditions play a role. But some research tells us this is an autoimmune disease.
Experts do not know how many children suffer FPIES. But the conditions experienced by Landon fairly severe that experts no one can predict the prognosis of the disease.
“Landon could not possibly eat all kinds of food, so it takes some specific formulas that can be consumed on food to keep him getting the number of calories in balance,” Schultz said.
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