Meet the Treatment Team
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!
“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!”
Would you like to learn about some other professionals you might meet?
Meet a school psychologist and a child life specialist, too!
Page published: Sept.12, 2013. Last update: Jan. 22, 2018. Copyright © 2013, The FPIES Foundation