The fact that people are allergic to certain types of food is not surprising, but have you heard about someone who can only eat bananas, potatoes, and carrots? That is the case with Max Billingham, a 2-year-old boy from Gateshead, England, who has severe food allergies.
Max’s mother, Laura, said that it is difficult living with her child’s condition.
“It’s really stressful because everything revolves around food. A lot of social events include going out for meals or a buffet. He just doesn’t understand why he can’t have the food.”
Chronicle Live reports that Max has had the condition since he was a baby. He was born eight weeks premature, and had a severe reaction to milk. Doctors then conducted food tests to determine what else he was allergic to, and they found out that the list just kept on growing by the day.
Max suffers from a condition called food protein induced enterocolitis and dysmotility of the bowel, or FPIES. He would go into shock and turn blue whenever he ingests food he is allergic to, and he can only eat carrots, potatoes, and bananas.
The condition mostly happens to babies, but it can also affect children and adults. When a patient suffering from FPIES ingests food that the body cannot process, the reaction can happen one to four hours after eating the food.
Max’s family said that some doctors have not even heard of Max’s condition. Last week, Max was fitted with a feeding pump that will be used to deliver food to his body. He will remain in the hospital for a few weeks so medical experts can monitor his condition. Though doctors say that he might grow out of the FPIES, he might have to take in food using a feeding pump throughout his life.
Laura and her husband Scott will be bringing Max to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, where medical experts will be working with the boy to evaluate his condition. Laura said that her family wants to raise awareness on the condition.
“It’s a case of trial and error and often you don’t know what foods have caused his reaction as sometimes the chronic reaction can be delayed.”
According to the Mirror, Max’s condition is often overlooked by pediatricians, as it cannot be traced using the usual allergy tests methods, and the results often come up negative. The International Association for Food Protein Enterocolitis will be doing more research regarding the condition and will educate physicians to be able to recognize its symptoms.
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