What is Stress?
Stress is a response your body has to a trigger.
The trigger can be outside of your body– like a surprise test at school. A trigger can also be inside your body, like the changes you feel when you have an FPIES reaction.
Sometimes, stress can be positive, like the excitement you feel when you are going to visit a friend. Here, we are going to talk about stress caused by living with FPIES, a negative form of stress.
How Does Stress Affect My Body and Mind?
When your body is stressed, you may feel tired more easily. Your body might feel achy or sore. Your heart may feel like it is racing and you may feel sick to your
How Can FPIES Cause Me Stress?
When you experience an FPIES reaction, your body does not feel well. You likely feel sick, you may feel nervous or scared, and you may feel very tired. All of these feelings (and any other feelings that you might have during a reaction) can be stressful!
What Can I Do About It?
What Has Worked for Other Kids?
“Listening to music and using my calm kit to relax.” — Bridget, Age 4, Massachusetts
“Snuggling with mommy. . . building a pillow and blanket nest” — Sam, Minnesota
“Creating a “cave” with pillows and blankets. . . listening to soothing music and feeling warmth on my belly”
Read More Ways to Cope by Kids. . . COMING SOON!!!
I Want to Share My Coping Strategies!
Have you discovered one or more great ways to help you relax? Have you found activities that ease the stress of doctor’s visits or reactions? We want to hear what you think!
” Chase always feels better when he has his bottle!”
Please write to us about the activity and how another kid might use it to help him or her to relax. Please include your name if you feel would like, and feel free to include a picture if you have one. Send your thoughts to:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Please write “kids relax” in the title line!
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Page published:Oct.4, 2013. Last update:June 6,2016. Copyright © 2013,The FPIES Foundation