Indian Pediatrics

, Volume 50, Issue 12, pp 1137–1143 | Cite as

Challenges in management of irritable bowel syndrome in children

  • Siba Prosad Paul
  • Penny Barnard
  • Charlotte Bigwood
  • David C. A. Candy
Review Article


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.


Irritable bowel syndrome Management Recurrent abdominal pain Therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Siba Prosad Paul
    • 1
    • 4
  • Penny Barnard
    • 2
  • Charlotte Bigwood
    • 3
  • David C. A. Candy
    • 2
  1. 1.Bristol Royal Hospital for ChildrenBristolUK
  2. 2.Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustChichesterUK
  3. 3.Evelina Children’s HospitalLondonUK
  4. 4.Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Bristol Royal Hospital for ChildrenPaul O’Gorman BuildingBristolUK

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