Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

There Are Only Three Foods That Our Boy Can Eat Safely

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

There Are Only Three Foods That Our Boy Can Eat Safely

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Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter

TODDLER Max Billingham faces killer reactions daily because is allergic to daily because is allergic to all food - apart from potarevolves toes, carrots and bananas.

While his friends are starting to eat chocolate, crisps and biscuits, he faces a dash to hospital if he eats any of those due to his severe allergies. The two-year-old has undergone surgery to be fed via a pump 14 hours a day.

"It's really stressful because everything revolves around food," said his mum Laura, of Felling, Gateshead.

"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."

As a baby, Max, who was premature, suffered a severe reaction to milk and foods and doctors began to carry out food tests.

The list of foods Max is allergic to, which include chicken and rice, grows by the day and doctors have been forced to put him on a special milk formula.

His conditions - FPIES, or food proteininduced enterocolitis syndrome, and dysmotility of the bowel - cause him to go into shock and turn blue when he has foods he is allergic to and he must be admitted straight to hospital.

His family say he is the only child in the North East they know to be liv-ing with both conditions. "Some of the doctors haven't even heard of it," said Laura, a children's nurse. "To look at him, you wouldn't think any thing was wrong but he's really ill and we're constantly in and out of hospital."

This week the yo" ster was fitted with a feeding pump which will be used to get food into his body.

It is thought Max,, who will remain in hospital for the next eight weeks, will grow out of the FPIES disorder, but he might have to live with the feeding pump for the rest of his life.

Laura and husband Scott, 33, a driving instructor, will soon travel to London's Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital with Max so that experts can assess his condition.

The couple, who are also parents to Halle, four, say it is a very diffi -cult time for the family, but they want to raise awareness of Max's condition.

Laura said: "It's a case oftrial and error and often you don't know what foods have caused his reaction as sometimes the chronic reaction can be delayed. …

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