Curbside Consultation in IBS: 49 Clinical Questions

Brian E. Lacy, PhD, MD

Question 2: What Factors are Associated with IBS and Functional Abdominal Pain in Children? (continued)

Rona L. Levy, MSW, PhD, MPH, AGAF, FACG

Is there something in children’s families that causes them to have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or other functional abdominal pain symptoms? If so, what are the recommendations for families to prevent or eliminate functional abdominal pain? Based on the work of our group at the University of Washington and others who have been looking at how familial factors may be related to children’s functional abdominal pain, the brief answer to the question of whether families cause functional abdominal pain is “sometimes.” This chapter will give an overview of what is known…