Crohn's mom has 10yr old with IBS!

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   Posted 9/8/2006 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I just got out of the hospital with my 10 yr old son who has now been diagnosed with IBS.  Last month we were in the hospital and they took out his appendix saying that was his problem. (WRONG)  I have suffered from Crohn's for 4 years now.  I need a little direction with him.  They started him on Bentyl 3 x a day and one fiber pill a day also.  His peds GI wants him on an IBS diet, but didn't bother to give me any information.  Is it similar to a Crohn's patient? Any help would be great, every site I seem to go to just wants me to by meds to help it, I need a diet plan.
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   Posted 9/8/2006 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I would call the doctors office and ask them to explain what he should be/not be eating. I have crohn's and IBS both but I do not really follow a diet. I just eat what usually doesn't bother me. Since he is still growing I would be inclined to ask the doc.

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   Posted 9/8/2006 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tracy,
I think keeping him away from obvious things like deep fried anything, raw veggies, soda and caffeine would be a good idea. Maybe put him on some sort of multi-vitamin too.
Have you looked into books? "The First Year: IBS" and "Eating for IBS" are both great.
But, like blue mentioned, you may want to consult his doc before you make any drastic diet changes.
Good luck! And please keep us posted.
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   Posted 9/9/2006 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
One great book that I have is "Eating Right for a Bad Gut." Definitely check it out if you can!

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   Posted 9/28/2006 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Can children take probiotics?  I am 34 now, but i think i have had IBS since i was very young.

I wish I had known about probiotics a long time ago. They have given me a new life! I no longer have to run to the bathroom, or deal with cramping, diahhrea, etc.

Not sure if any research has been done on children and probiotics. Just a thought.

Hope all is well.


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   Posted 9/28/2006 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I think Culturelle's insert says that it is fine for children. I would try, though, starting a child out with acidophillus milk and/or yogurt since the probiotic pills can cause gas and cramping in adults initially and may be worse in children at the same dose. I would try weaning a child onto them with the milk and yogurt. If your child doesn't have any bowel problems, regular yogurt may be all you really need for him to have anyways. The Dannon Actavia is supposed to be good and I like the Stoneyfield Organic Full-Fat Yogurt

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   Posted 9/28/2006 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Elizabeth :)

Yes, children can take probiotics, the brand that I use, primadophilus reuteri made by Natures Way sells a pediatric form, it's even safe for it for more info.

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