What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive disorder that involves abnormal gut contractions. These contractions produce a collection of symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating and unpredictable bowel movements. The disease does not cause inflammation or changes in bowel tissue or increase the risk of colon cancer.

What are the causes?

  • The specific cause in children is not clear.
  • Symptoms usually occur after a stressful event

Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

  • Lifestyle changes – eat more fiber, drink plenty of fluids, eat less fat, set aside time for bowel movements everyday
  • Medications are not given to children with IBS

What can I do?

  • Encourage your child to maintain a healthy diet – learn which foods your child should avoid
  • Contact your doctor if these symptoms continue because it may be a sign of a more serious disease


It is important to remember the health information found on this Web site is for reference only not intended to replace the advice and guidance of your health care provider. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a true medical emergency, call 911 immediately.


  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Constipation or diarrhea (or both)


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