Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a group of gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms that produce abdominal pain and cramping in children.
The GI tract is responsible for a child’s digestion of food. Sometimes, the GI tract changes how it works, causing collection of symptoms known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Children diagnosed with IBS experience abdominal pain or discomfort at least once a week for a minimum of two months. Other symptoms may include:
To be diagnosed with IBS, a child will typically meet two of the following three criteria:
American Board of Pediatrics/Gastroenterology