Dr Lalit Verma

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a group of symptoms. The symptoms include:

  1. Stomach aches or abdominal pain, often below the navel or low down on the left side. The pain can follow meals and is often associated with the urge to have a bowel movement.

  2. Variation in stools. Sometimes, stools are loose; sometimes stools are firm. The variation is not predictable. Sometimes, there is the urge to have a bowel movement, but no stool is produced.

  3. Symptoms occur periodically for three months or more.

IBS isn’t progressive or damaging. It’s simply the way that some children’s intestinal systems work. Children with IBS have sensitive intestines that react to food or stress by producing crampy discomfort.

While there’s currently no known cause of IBS, we can treat the symptoms, making kids more comfortable during IBS episodes.

According to the Rome criteria  children with IBS also experience at least two of the following:

  • pain that’s relieved after a bowel movement occurs

  • pain onset that occurs with fluctuations in the frequency of bowel movements

  • pain onset that occurs with changes in stool consistency (diarrhea and/or constipation)

Treatment Includes:

Exclude organic cause for abdominal pain : apart from stool test, blood test an endoscopy might be required.

anti acid , probiotics, peppermint oil, exercise.