Our EoE program is designed to help children address the feeding problems associated with the diagnosis of EoE, food allergies, and food intolerances.
What is EoE?
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic, allergic inflammatory disease of the esophagus (the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach). It occurs when a type of white blood cell — the eosinophil — appears in the esophagus in elevated numbers. Eosinophils are not normally found in the esophagus, and they cause injury and inflammation to the tissue. This damage may make eating difficult or uncomfortable, potentially resulting in poor growth, chronic pain, and/or difficulty swallowing. EoE is a chronic and lifelong disease, but with proper ongoing care and treatment, those with EoE can manage their condition.
Common Feeding Problems Associated with the diagnosis of EoE
- Feeding Aversion/Food refusals
- Picky eating
- Choking/gagging on foods
- Slow meal times
- Gulping water during meals/drinks more than eats
- Poor appetite
- Meal times anxiety
- Poor growth and weight gain
How we Help
It takes a team approach to help children with EoE eat at their best so that they can continue to grow and develop a positive relationship with food. We team up with dietitians and GI specialist in the community who are our trusted partners to ensure that the medical needs of our children with EoE are met. We are focused on the feeding behavior management for our children experiencing EoE. Your child and family will work with one of our feeding specialists who will help with establishing feeding goals to address,
- Swallowing safety
- Types of food textures
- Expanding food repertoire
- Trying new foods without anxiety
- Setting up Mealtimes Expectations
- Patient and Parent education