Irritable bowel syndrome is more common in children than you might think. It’s important to take your child do their pediatrician if they are having symptoms common of IBS. Those symptoms can include attacks that happen any time of the day. You should consult a physician if your child has continuous or recurrent lower abdominal pain or cramping or altered bowel motility such as diarrhea, constipation, or both.
Your doctor should first rule out all possible physical, structural, and infectious abnormalities of the GI tract before diagnosing your child with IBS. This requires a physical examination, preferably by a board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist, and can include blood work and/or breath tests for gluten, fructose, and lactose intolerance’s. Breath tests for small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), stool for ova, parasites, and blood urinalysis rectal exam. These tests are all typical for a child with the previous symptoms listed.
Who It Affects
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the most common chronic health disorder in America, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. IBS affects the large intestine, which is the part of the digestive system that makes and stores stool. Currently there is no cure but there are many very effective ways of controlling IBS. There is evidence that some people may be born with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Which is why it is found in children as well as adults. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not a disease. It’s a functional disorder, which means that the bowel simply does not work as it should.
If your child is diagnosed with IBS, you should ask your doctor to explain in detail all of the ways that you can help control and ease the pain. Beside medication, your doctor may advise dietary changes that can help the bowels in functioning properly.