The diagnosis of ‘IBS’ in children can present with similar symptoms to those seen in adults, such as:
Just like in adults, it is a diagnosis based on symptoms with the exclusion of all other gastrointestinal disorders. With children it is arguably even more important to rule out all other gastrointestinal disorders as these can impede their normal growth and development.
I suspect my child has IBS and would like to trial the Low FODMAP Diet, what should I do?
If the Low FODMAP Diet is successful in relieving your child’s IBS symptoms, it is not recommended that your child follows a Low FODMAP Diet for life. High FODMAP foods should be individually and gradually reintroduced with the aim to pinpoint the specific foods that result in undesirable symptoms and determine a threshold for some high FODMAP foods. This threshold may change as your child grows and develops and therefore should be re-challenged regularly. Your dietitian is the best person to guide this challenge and reintroduction in order to ensure the long term diet of your child is restricted as minimally as necessary.