Kara was diagnosed with food protein induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) in August of 2010. She has had many FPIES reactions and complications that have lead to numerous hospitalizations and specialist appointments. It was a huge sigh of relief to finally have some answers and a diagnosis, however we have to remind ourselves daily that this is a very serious disease and this is only the beginning of the long road we have in front of us.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Five Foods!

Trying to decide which food Kara is going to trial next has been very difficult. I'm trying to go by the foods that she had safe, or so we thought, in the past. Our latest food trial pass was driven by Kara. I was in the pantry, at a loss as to what to make for supper (As usual!) and she was right there with me when I asked her what she wanted to try next. She said "Peas, Mamma!", so peas it was!

Generally you are supposed to start with a small amount and work in a little more each day. We haven't done that with Kara with the re-trials because we have a general idea that they are going to be passes, with the exception of corn. I gave her a small bowl of peas at dinner and she wanted more, more more. It was hard to stop her and I didn't want to deny her food, when she was actually eating!

After a week and a half, we felt comfortable to call peas a pass! She was eating large amounts each day and was symptom free, bringing us to the magic number FIVE! Sweet potato, white potato, beef, apple and peas are the foods that consist of Kara's tiny, yet growing diet! Bring on number six!

Yesterday at breakfast I asked Kara what she wanted her next food to be and she replied "Nana's, Mamma!" Banana it is! I'm half tempted to call banana a freebie but will stick with it for at least a week, I think, just to make sure. Banana has never seemed to cause her any problems and she loves them. It's so much more exciting to trial a food when I can have her input on it! It's not worth it to me, to trial a food that we are going to struggle getting her to eat!

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