A to Z: Irritable Bowel Syndromeenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal disorder that can cause cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. It is sometimes called a "nervous stomach" or a "spastic colon."irritable bowel syndrome, IBS, intestinal disorder, nervous stomach, spastic colon, cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, CD1Gastroenterology03/27/201304/05/201909/02/20199949109c-7142-4726-96b7-62fa94fba261https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-ibs.html/<p><em>May also be called:</em> <em>Nervous Stomach or Spastic Colon</em></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibs.html/">Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)</a> is a common <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/digestive.html/">intestinal</a> disorder that can cause cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. It is sometimes called a "nervous stomach" or a "spastic colon."</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The specific cause of IBS is unknown, although it tends to run in families. People of all ages can get IBS but it often first appears in the teen years or early adulthood.</p> <p>Certain foods (like milk, chocolate, caffeine, greasy foods, fast foods, and spicy foods) can trigger IBS, as can emotional <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/stress.html/">stress</a>, hormonal changes, infections, and physical trauma.</p> <p>There's no cure for IBS, but many things can help reduce symptoms, including dietary changes, stress management, and regular exercise. A doctor also may recommend medications such as laxatives, antidiarrheals, muscle relaxants, or antidepressants.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Irritable bowel syndrome doesn't cause any long-term harm, but it can affect quality of life. People with IBS should talk with a doctor about ways to manage IBS symptoms so that they can lead active and healthy lives.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
ConstipationConstipation is a very common problem that usually happens because a person's diet doesn't include enough fluids and fiber. In most cases, making simple changes can help you feel better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/constipation.html/081f841e-c4c9-493e-a8df-160a60905046
DiarrheaMost kids battle diarrhea from time to time, so it's important to know what to do to relieve and even prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/38efbf41-ac94-4d02-be5d-365f9b03cc12
Digestive SystemThe digestive process starts even before the first bite of food. Find out more about the digestive system and how our bodies break down and absorb the food we eat.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/digestive.html/f2005e0d-6586-4e09-94e7-65388be2bb40
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseInflammatory bowel disease is an ongoing illness caused by an inflammation of the intestines. There are two kinds of IBD: Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ibd.html/c57ab671-d60f-4706-887c-a02296112ad7
Irritable Bowel SyndromeHaving irritable bowel syndrome can make a kid feel awful. The good news is that kids can take steps to feel better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ibs.html/f1d5a462-599e-40ac-ad7f-bbe405afa50f
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal problem that can cause cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Certain foods can trigger these problems. So can anxiety, stress, and infections.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibs.html/42b47e2e-11e3-47af-96e3-2bd0b67dc7e5
Lactose IntoleranceMany kids have lactose intolerance - trouble digesting lactose, the main sugar in milk and milk products - which can cause cramps, diarrhea, and gas.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lactose.html/d021ff67-64d2-4238-8615-13b33c814d6f