Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition in which the muscles of the intestines or colon spasm and cause painful abdominal cramping, diarrhoea, and constipation. The cramping usually stops after a bowel movement, but the condition is considered chronic.
There is no known cure of IBS but there are ways to avoid bouts. Having a diet that is high in fibre makes stools thicker and bulkier. This is known to expand the colon and make it less likely to spasm. Foods that are rich in fibre include fruit, vegetables, and a variety of whole grain items. You can also use a fibre supplement and add it to juice.
Fatty foods aggravate IBS so avoiding greasy fast food and fried foods can make it easier to deal with the symptoms of IBS.
You should not use over the counter laxatives unless you talk to your doctor. A child can easily become too reliant on laxatives and then you have another problem to deal with.
If a child has a severe case of IBS, they will lose weight. Because eating causes the pain, they will start to avoid eating or only eating enough to make the hunger go away.
It is also believed that stress can bring on an episode of IBS. Doctors commonly recommend daily exercise and relaxation techniques to children with IBS.