Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): How We Treat

How is irritable bowel syndrome treated?

The goal of irritable bowel syndrome treatment is to relieve symptoms. The most effective treatment in children is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help relieve stress and change any abnormal behavior responses to normal bowel sensations and functions.

Lifestyle changes can help in some cases of irritable bowel syndromes. For example, regular exercise and improved sleep habits may reduce anxiety and help relieve bowel symptoms.

Dietary changes can also be helpful. However, no specific diet can be recommended for irritable bowel syndrome, because the condition differs from one person to another.

The following changes may help:

  • Avoid foods and drinks that stimulate the intestines (such as caffeine, tea or colas)
  • Avoid large meals
  • Increase fiber in the diet (this may improve constipation but make bloating worse)
  • Talk with your doctor before taking over-the-counter medications.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s irritable bowel syndrome?

The Digestive Health Institute at Children’s Colorado has a team of physicians, psychologists and dieticians with expertise in diagnosing and treating children with irritable bowel syndrome and excluding other problems leading to your child’s digestive problems.