Challenges in management of irritable bowel syndrome in children
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- Paul, S.P., Barnard, P., Bigwood, C. et al. Indian Pediatr (2013) 50: 1137. doi:10.1007/s13312-013-0308-5
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common cause of recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) in children and can be a debilitating experience for both child and family. Organic causes of RAP symptoms such as celiac and inflammatory bowel diseases should be excluded before a diagnosis of IBS is made. Treatment consists of dietary manipulation, drugs, and stress management.
Newer therapies may offer better control of symptoms with minimal side-effects. This article discusses the challenges faced by pediatricians in managing IBS and reviews management in the context of children from the Indian subcontinent.