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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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