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Many kids diagnosed with FPIES visit a treatment team of doctors and medical professionals, such as Allergists, Gastroenterologists, and/or Dietitians. You may have some questions about what these people will talk about with you and how they can help you. Read below and learn what you might expect at your next appointment!

Meet The Allergist

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“Hi! My name is Dr. Fred and I am your allergy doctor! Right now, I work with Riley Children’s Specialists at Indiana University Health. I love working with kids who have food allergies! Each child and each story is special. I enjoy the challenge and opportunity work with you and your family to keep you safe and healthy!

How do I help children?

I am the guy who will figure out what is going on with you when you eat certain foods– that is, making the diagnosis of a food reaction. Once we find out what is going on, I help you stay away from those foods- that’s what we call avoidance. I help treat you if you have a reaction to a food, and I will watch you over time as you hopefully outgrow your food allergy.

How can I help you? 

I will carefully listen to your story of what happens to you with foods. From the story, I may do allergy testing. Most importantly I will help you identify the food or foods that are causing you a problem and help you avoid them. Over time, you may outgrow this food problem! I can help you with that and show that the food no longer bothers you. 

Where will you see me?

I will see you in my clinic. That clinic may be next to a hospital or in an office building. We see many children with food allergies– you may meet one or two in the waiting room.

What can You Expect at Your Appointment?

Expect many questions! My job is to understand what happened and what food or foods caused you to have a reaction. After the questions, I will exam you. The last part of the visit may involve allergy testing. The tests are small pricks to the skin. Sometimes, we may need to do some blood work– not always– but be prepared for that. Once all that is done, we put together a plan and teach you and your family about food reactions– how to prevent them and how to treat them.

What can you do if you have any questions?

Ask your questions. Remember, there are no silly questions! I want to make sure that all of your questions are answered. If you think of questions later, get in touch with us. We are here to help you through this!”

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Meet the Gastroenterologist

Coming Soon!

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Meet the Dietitian

Hi! My name is Tara McCarthy and I am a Registered Dietitian, also sometimes called a nutritionist! Right now, I work at Boston Children’s Hospital. I love my job because I get to meet families and talk about healthy safe food! I get to watch children grow strong with good food.

How do I help children?

I help children by helping your family understand which foods are safe for you to eat and how to make sure that you enjoy eating with your family and friends and that mealtime is fun. It is part of my job to make sure that at each visit you continue to grow strong.

How can I help you?

I can answer any questions you have about food, nutrition, and healthy eating. I think it is so important for every child to take part in preparing meals. This may be talking about what foods are your favorite, or being open to trying to new foods, or maybe packing your own lunch or cutting up fruit.

Where will you see me?

You will find me in an office at the hospital. My office has lots of fake foods and cookbooks on the shelves. I have a big round table where we sit and talk and come up with goals.

What can You Expect at Your Appointment?

At your appointment, you will get weighed and measured. This is so we know how you are growing. Next we will talk about all the foods you typically eat and maybe which foods you want to try next or how we can get you to eat more fruits and vegetables.

What can you do if you have any questions?

If you have any questions during your appointment, you should just ask. If you are shy or worried that it is not a good question, you can whisper the question to your caregiver and they can ask. You can also write down your question on a piece of paper and hand it to me. What I want you to know is that all questions are good questions and I am here to help. I usually learn a lot from my patients!

Would you like to learn about some other professionals you might meet?

Meet a school psychologist and a child life specialist, too!

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Page published: Sept.12, 2013. Last update: May 28, 2015. Copyright © 2013,The FPIES Foundation