Teens and IBS
If you have children between the age of twelve and
seventeen, they may be candidates for Irritable Bowel
If you have a young person in your family who you think has
this problem, there are several steps as well as precautions
that you can take. This will allow them to live with the
problem more comfortably, as well as allow you to make the
proper moves to help them.
IBS is not a symptom directly related to age. Because of
this, it is easy for teens as well as children to get the same
symptoms as adults. If you find your teen may have symptoms
related to IBS, it is important to get them the proper
treatment. Doing this will help them lead a healthy lifestyle
during their teenage years and for years to come.
If your child is consistently complaining of stomach cramps
to get out of going to school, consider IBS. Although questions
about their bathroom habits may be embarrassing for teenagers,
it is important information. Ask your teenager to keep a food
IBS may be the culprit if your child suffers pain and
cramping at testing times.
The first step that you can take in determining what to do
for your teen is to observe the actions they are taking that
may relate to IBS. If you see them consistently going to the
restroom, or if they seem uncomfortable, they may have the
symptoms for IBS.
Many teens will not want to talk about this problem,
however, it will be important for you to ask them what is going
on and what you can do to help. It is important to note that
with the changes in hormone levels and body functioning
during teenage years it may also cause them to be more
susceptible to IBS.
From here, you can take them to a doctor or physician for
testing. This will help in determining what is going on in your
teenagers' body. You may find that it is IBS, or another
disorder that is part of their digestive system. Speaking to
them about the tests first will be important. This will allow
them to feel comfortable with their doctor visit.
The next step to take will be to help them in finding the
right cure. Changing their diet can play a large factor in
helping to cure their IBS. This means adding more fiber to what
they are eating as well as giving more fluids. Restrict
their cola intake as well as sugar and fries.
This will be important to do before offering over the
counter medication. While it is usually fine for teenagers to
take medications in smaller doses, some of the medicines can be
stronger than expected and can all cause side effects.