Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in children

Pediatrician Dan Thomas, MD Gastroenterology & Nutrition, shares advice for parents on the signs and symptoms that may indicate that your child has IBS, irritable bowel syndrome
Symptoms Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome In Children
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Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome in children

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Children, like adults, can be diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Is it the same cause in exactly the same thing in childhood as compared to adults? We don't know exactly, but the symptoms and signs are very similar. Usually it's a healthy person who gets bloating, maybe some dyspepsia or nausea, have irregular bowel movements, but are healthy in every other way. Children who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome usually takes the face of chronic abdominal pain, it's common school aged children, sometimes disabling. The discomfort will keep them out of school and family outings and activities. Yes, children who have this problem have just as much difficulties with day-to-day activities as adults. They need modifications of their diet. More often than not, sometimes medications are helpful, depending on the type or variety you have of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. That's a measure or reason to see the child's physician or gastroenterologist to make those recommendations.

Pediatrician Dan Thomas, MD Gastroenterology & Nutrition, shares advice for parents on the signs and symptoms that may indicate that your child has IBS, irritable bowel syndrome

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Pediatrician, Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Dan Thomas is the Head of the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and Medical Director of Liver and Small Bowel Transplantation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Thomas presently serves on the Editorial Review Board of Pediatrics in Review and is on the Committee on Nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics. His primary clinical and academic interests include the care and study of children with congenital or acquired intestinal, pancreatic and hepatobiliary disorders.

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