What were your child's symptoms associated with IBS?
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What are the symptoms of IBS in children?
The symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain or discomfort and changes in bowel habits. To meet the definition of IBS, the pain or discomfort should be associated with two of the following three symptoms:
start with bowel movements that occur more or less often than usual
start with stool that appears looser and more watery or harder and more lumpy than usual
improve with a bowel movement
Other symptoms of IBS may include
diarrhea - having loose, watery stools three or more times a day and feeling urgency to have a bowel movement
constipation - having hard, dry stools; two or fewer bowel movements in a week; or straining to have a bowel movement
feeling that a bowel movement is incomplete
passing mucus, a clear liquid made by the intestines that coats and protects tissues in the GI tract
Symptoms may often occur after eating a meal. To meet the definition of IBS, symptoms must occur at least once per week for at least 2 months.