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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Tot can eat only spuds, carrots and bananas

A toddler with severe allergies has been left allergic to nearly all food - accept potatoes, carrots and bananas.

Max Billingham, two, has had to wave goodbye to all his friends' favourite snacks such as chocolate and sweets because of the severe reaction they cause.

He suffers from food protein induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), a rare condition that causes inflammation of the small and large intestine.

This has left his family constantly on edge as they don't know which foods he will react to and cause them to rush him to hospital.

His mother Laura, from Gateshead said: "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.

Chronic

"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."

When Max goes to nursery he has to be taken into a different room to eat his lunch from the rest of his friends to prevent a reaction.

The youngster is now expected to spend the next eight weeks in hospital as he has been fitted with a feeding pump which will be used to get food into his body.

It is hoped he will eventually grow out of the condition but may have the feeding pump for the rest of his life.

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