Irritable bowel syndrome
What is it?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) takes the form of attacks of abdominal pain, cramps and diarrhoea, often alternating with constipation. This can be related to specific foods, so watch your child’s diet and see if you can make a connection. As it can also be related to stress, teach your child ways to calm himself in stressful situations.
What to do
Get a doctor to diagnose the problem, as it can have similar symptoms to other conditions. There is no easy cure for IBS, but it can be well-controlled and cause minimum problems. Make sure your child eats a healthy, balanced diet. Regular exercise and drinking enough water can also help regulate the bowel.
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