If your child is experiencing chronic abdominal pain or digestive problems, it can be disconcerting for you as a parent. Since constant abdominal pain or irregular bowel movements are not normal, be sure to seek help. At Greater Regional Health, Dr. Cheri Standing is experienced in treating a wide range of digestive problems for children of all ages. She is the only Integrative Pediatrician in the state of Iowa and is equipped to provide relief. Call us now to schedule a consultation to learn more.
Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS, is a disorder affecting the digestive tract that can result in one or more of these symptoms:
These symptoms may be considered part of IBS if they occur for at least two months (without another disease or disorder to explain the symptoms) following the initial symptom of irregular bowel movements.
The causes of irritable bowel syndrome are not well understood, but IBS is believed to relate to how the brain and the digestive tract communicate. Not everyone with IBS has the same symptoms, but in general, there is a heightened sensitivity to food and increased stomach pain as a result.
Pediatric digestive problems can be difficult to diagnose, so your child should visit a doctor if they’re exhibiting symptoms.
To diagnose IBS or other pediatric digestive problems, Dr. Standing completes a full examination and medical history and orders testing, if necessary.
A large part of treating IBS and other pediatric digestive problems is getting to the root of what is causing flare-ups of the condition. Dr. Standing works with children and families to help identify which foods or situations might be the culprit for your child. Once problem foods are identified, she recommends nutrition and lifestyle changes to help nurture a healthy digestive tract for your child.
Beyond dietary recommendations, Dr. Standing can also offer natural remedies for abdominal pain and may recommend complementary treatments to assist with healing.
Irritable bowel syndrome and other pediatric digestive problems are often highly unique to the individual, so the best way to treat your child’s stomach pain is to work one-on-one with Dr. Standing. Contact us today for an initial consultation and conversation.