Pediatric Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
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).
To be diagnosed with IBS, a child will typically meet two of the following three criteria:
- Bowel movements are more or less frequent than normal
- Stool is either looser or harder than normal
- Symptoms improve with bowel movement
Children diagnosed with IBS experience abdominal pain or discomfort at least once a week for a minimum of two months. Other symptoms may include:
- Abdominal bloating
- Incomplete bowel movement
- Passing mucus via bowel movement