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Pediatric Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Key Points About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in Children

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a long-term (chronic) disorder that affects the large intestine or colon.
  • IBS causes painful belly and bowel symptoms.
  • Try to find the triggers that cause your child's symptoms. Then teach your child to stay away from those triggers.
  • There is no cure. The goal of treatment is to ease symptoms and help your child get back to normal daily function.
  • IBS symptoms can affect your child’s daily activities. Work with your child’s healthcare provider to manage the disease.


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Gastrointestinal Motility Treatment at Children's National Hospital

Children’s National is one of the few pediatric centers in the country to offer specialized care for motility and functional gastrointestinal disorders impacting your child’s digestive tract. Discover more about the treatment we offer.

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Providers Who Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Departments that Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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    Bone Health Program

    Orthopaedists at Children's National offer world-renowned expertise and life-changing care, including surgery, for children at high risk for bone fracture.

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    Comprehensive Motility Program

    The Motility Program works to help treat a number of motility issues impacting your child's digestive tract, including abdominal pain, aspirating, constipation and incontinence. Learn more about our Comprehensive Motility Program.

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    Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

    Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.