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My son was recently diagnosed with IBS by our pediatrition - help and advice, please.

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#1 Georgina72


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 04:31 PM


Hello -


My son was recently diagnosed with IBS by our pediatrician - he is 10.  She ran the standard blood tests which came back normal.  She prescribed an anti-cramping medication which helps a little bit, but not much.  We have an appointment in two weeks to follow up with a pediatric gastroenterologist.


I have him on a multi-vitamin/mineral, kid's probiotic and a digestive enzyme before meals.  I've also eliminated dairy for now, as I've heard that can be an ibs trigger. 


What else can we do?  And...what can we expect from the gastroenterologist? 


Thank you!

#2 urbanfresh


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 05:01 PM

Hello, I am 24 and have had IBS since I was 18 so not sure if I can relate in the way you might want me to! But I can say that you seem to be doing everything that you could possibly do to help your son. It will be good to attend the follow-up app for any concerns you have. Hope that it is just a passing stage for your son, which it very well could be. 


Another bit of advice - most recent studies for IBS suggest that the gut is a 'second brain'. This meaning that for IBSers, the gut takes the tole for stress. So maybe just ensuring that he's not stressing about anything? However, it sounds like you are very hands on and will already know this!


Gastroenterologist...I know when I attended the first specialist they did a certain type of stool test (that came out only a few years ago). You are in the US however so you will probably have better care over there - your medical facilities are much more progressive and advanced I would say.

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 06:06 PM

The best advice I can give to you is to be patient with him. I have had IBS my whole life, but I was not diagnosed until I was 15 because my parents just thought I was a whiner. It has taken years for them to accept that I wasn't making it all up! Also, it will help if you keep track of everything he eats and how he feels after so you can find out if he has any trigger foods. Hope that helps!

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