IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a common, chronic gastrointestinal problem, which accounts for approximately 50% of all visits to gastroenterologists.

Patient talking with doctor at hospital

Causes of IBS

The specific cause of IBS is unknown, but there are several things that can contribute to it:

  • Functional issues – problems with the way your GI tract processes food
  • Motility disturbances – issues in how food moves through the GI tract
  • Intestinal flora – an excessive amount of bacteria in the gut or an insufficient amount of good bacteria
  • Stress
  • Diet – an increased sensitivity of the colon to certain foods
  • Lifestyle
  • Gut-Brain Axis – the biochemical signals sent between the GI tract and the central nervous system

Symptoms of IBS

Symptoms of IBS may include the following:

  • Stomach pain
  • Cramping
  • Bloating & Gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in Bowel Habits
  • Mucus in Stool

When to seek Medical Attention?

If the patient experiences these symptoms associated with IBS, call Gi for Kids today or seek medical attention.

  • Fever
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Weight Loss
  • Severe pain causing child to wake during the night


There is no cure for IBS, but the following treatments are available to help improve the patient’s quality of life:

  • Change in Diet
  • Holistic Treatments & Supplements
  • Stress Management
  • Prescription medications
  • Probiotics
  • IB Stim
  • Clinical Trials

How Can GI for Kids Help?  GI for Kids provides a multi-disciplinary approach for the treatment of IBS.  This includes physicians, registered dietician, behavioral counseling, GI for Kids supplements, cooking classes, nutritional counseling, holistic treatments, and medications.  We also offer IB Stim, a new non-surgical device to reduce pain and discomfort associated with IBS.  As the area’s only comprehensive pediatric gastroenterology center, we offer the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options in one location

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Knoxville, TN 37922

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