6 yr old with IBS, anyone else have a young child with IBS

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Snjnluv
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   Posted 9/24/2005 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I am looking for support from other moms who have young children with IBS. My daughter is only 6 and it has been very difficult trying to help her. Is there any other moms out there struggling with the same thing? sad

CathyA
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   Posted 9/24/2005 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Snjnluv,
Just wanted to tell you that I answered your post over on the other thread about Edwocb's daughter. I'm so sorry your little girl is having problems. Hopefully, you can find some direction here.

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   Posted 9/27/2005 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   

HI Snjnluv,

I feel so sorry for your little girl. I only have the one daughter and so far it doesnt seem like she has IBS, although she has always had some trouble going to the bathroom from time to time. However, I started IBS as a child and It was pretty severe. I even ended up with a torn rectum from a bout of constipation. Mine was mostly constipation as a child...but it sometimes was diarhea. The only thing that was done for me is constantly regulating my diet. I was allowed candy and stuff only around Halloween and special occasions...and not alot of it during these times. Our family doc scheduled an appointment with a specialist for my daughter to assure she is not suffering from IBS and to help us with her diet since she has shown signs of difficulty in the bathroom area. She was very nice and informative and said she couldnt be sure it was IBS just by the info etc. She wasnt prepared to do any tests on her at the time or until symptoms worsen (she was only 3 years old at the time and is 4 now). Meanwhile, she suggested keeping her on a very healthy diet and provided examples...high fiber foods, little sugar etc (I wasnt aware that even the snacks made with "real juice" are in fact packed with sugars and arent all that healthy when it comes to bowel problems etc. Dairy products seem to affect her bowel movements as well, so we limit her intake. I'm sorry but I am not familiar with any meds that may help your daughter. If she has problems with constipation, a teaspoon of mineral oil per day (check with pharmacist or doctor on dosage of this) can at least help her when its time for a movement. The specialist said it is also a good idea to not keep them on the toilet for a long time. If she doesnt have a movement, removed her from the bathroom and have her go back when the "feeling" starts again. I hope this helps. And good luck with your little one. It's so hard for them to understand why there is pain etc. If you need to talk my email is at yahoo.com and my id is my handle here.


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Snjnluv
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   Posted 9/27/2005 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you dmomhere for your concern and compassion. It really means alot in these times. Could you maybe give me an example of what type of diet you have started your daughter on? It is so hard to regulate what a child eats because they don't understand. It is much easier for an adult to diet. Thanks for the tips!

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   Posted 9/27/2005 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi again,

First and foremost, my daughter drinks a lot of water...I started her on water since she was old enough to drink it. We always only serve water at the table for breakfast, lunch and dinner (it means I have to drink it too... mad ). I give her a lot of raw fresh veggies  (carrot sticks, cucumber etc) or fruit for snacks. But you have to watch for those that are a trigger for her. My daughter is lucky, only bananas seem to bother her and only on occasion. If you decide to switch your daughter's diet now she will or course resist at first. It's normal. I found the best way to convince them is to eat the stuff yourself and not carry anything in your cupboards that is tempting. I do allow her to eat "regular" snacks...fruit roll ups, packages of real fruit gummies, even chips and stuff when she is on vacation or visiting with friends (not family, however, grammy and grampy are allowed some spoiling time too LOL). To encourage her to eat fruit, I have even bought baskets of hanging strawberries for her to pick and eat. I also bought blueberry bushes and a grape vine. Her grandparents have a garden so she frequently goes and picks her own veggies. I get her to wash to veggies for dinner so she feels part of the process and is more likely to eat the stuff if she helped preparing it. I lie to her during winter and tell her the veggies and stuff come from grampy and grammie's garden devil ). We also eat a lot of fish here...hallibut, sole, salmon, haddock. The specialist said I could include sprinkling bran oats (or something like that) on her cereal (only a tsp a day is required to help). Please remember if you start her on bran or anything to promote bowl movement, start in a very small amount and work your way up. Make sure she also drinks plenty of water. It will have the opposite effect if she gets too little water. I can't think of anything else right now...but will keep this in mind and write down more thoughts and post again later on. I hope this helps a little in the meantime. oh yeah, if she is fearing going to the bathroom cause of pain, you may try to teach her the deep breathing technique...it relaxes the muscles and can help her achieve the movement with less pain. Plus the more she concentrates on the breathing, the less she is concentrating on the pain.

Please let me know how you make out. The reason I am concerned and I empathize with her and you is because even now as an adult, I remember those years as a child. It's a terrible thing for a child to go through. But it can be manageable...don't give up hope okay. Keep us updated and best of luck to you. I'll be thinking of both of you.


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Snjnluv
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   Posted 9/27/2005 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again dmomhere! I will keep all this in mind. Her appt is coming up soon for a follow up so we will see how it goes.

edwocb
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   Posted 9/28/2005 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry your baby is going through this. It's hard because she's so young. My 14yr old daughter has IBS. She mainly gets bad D but sometimes C. The GI has her taken Pamine. Which seems to work but when she takes it to long she get C. She is also Lactose Intolerent. When she gets one of these attacks it is usually at night or early morning. She gets bad cramping, bloating, feels very hot, dizzie, blurred vision then the D. I know it's hard because we're their Moms & all we want to do is make our babies feel better. Keep in touch & let us know how everything goes.

dbab
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   Posted 9/29/2005 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
This is an interesting article titled "Kids' abdominal pain may become adult IBS"
 
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20050929/hl_nm/kids_abdominal_dc_1
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Beth15
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   Posted 2/1/2006 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Snjnluv,

My daughter was diagnosed with IBS when she was 5 (now 15).  It took us over a  year to get it under control.  Her dr. put her on a special diet - no milk or processed foods of any type, lots of water, it really seemed to have helped.  She still had bouts on and off, but it was something that she could handle until recently - they now think that she has developed crohn's disease.  The good news is that she was able to control this thing for years with her diet, and she was able to have a pretty normal childhood(all things considered). My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family!

 

 


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   Posted 2/1/2006 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Beth,
Welcome to Healing Well :)
I'm so sorry to hear that about your daughter. Five is a very young age to deal with IBS. IBS does not lead to Crohn's however (they are totally seperate and not related) however most doctors are on the debate whether you can have both. I have IBS and Ulcerative Colitis( another IBD) and my doctor believes both is possible. Mainly because I have diarrhea symptoms minus the blood that occur all the time, if my UC is active my doc said you will see blood and the symptoms would be constant. I also have had IBS 15 years before they diagnosed me with UC which my doc said would have showed up on my previous colonoscopies if it was in fact there before recently. IBS can be controlled (with much knowlege, experience and practice might I add -I'm still not there after :( 15 years) with food choices and less stress however IBD symptoms cannot be controlled without medication. There is a Crohn's forum on the site as well that you may want to check out. A lot of activity and support there. Of course, you are always welcome here in IBS.
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blondie15
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   Posted 2/1/2006 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello!
Im a 15 year old and ive had IBS all my life. Untill I was about 10, I had horrible constipation. The only thing that worked for me was stirring up Citrucel in my orange juice every morning. I also had acid reflux as a young child. So I somewhat know what your daughters going through. Its confusing because you dont understand why its happening. Sounds like your doing things right, dont worry. These kind of things are uncontrollable sometimes, just be sure you're there for her whenever she needs it. Motherly support is the most important thing to us kids.

Red_40
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   Posted 2/2/2006 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
My 19 year old daughter has IBS like me.  I didn't get mine (like it's some kind of gift...) until I was in my thirties.  It's tough for kids.  They want to eat pizza and milkshakes and "kid" food but it bothers her every time.  Lately she's had nasuea as well.  For a six year old, I would definitely take them to a gastroenterologist.  They've got school and programs, practices, games, etc. ahead and IBS would make those extremely difficult if not impossible.  Gosh, that's too bad. Good luck...

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   Posted 2/5/2006 4:25 AM (GMT -7)   
have you tried changing her diet? I was diagnosed with IBS for about 7-9 years and it dissapeared up when I started to eat a lot of vegetables, fruits and oats (porridge) also fish like salmon or just take fish oil which is a natural anti-inflammatory.
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lolaann
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   Posted 2/16/2006 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you ever taken your daughter to a chiropractor?  There are nerves in the back that connect to the stomach.  Sometimes a simple adjustment can relieve the pressure on these nerves and  correct the problem.  I worked for me, I feel like a new women.  Good luck to you.
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