April is National Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month

Over the next few months, CAPHC Conversations will be featuring articles and resources from the AboutKidsHealth website.  For more information on AboutKidsHealth, check out their website, or contact Sean Schurr at sean.schurr@sickkids.ca.

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April is National Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. In IBS, food moves through the colon (large intestine) too slowly, quickly, or unpredictably. 

There is no cure for this chronic condition but families and caregivers can help to manage a child’s symptoms. For your patients’ information, AboutKidsHealth features two comprehensive articles on IBS: 
•    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Nutrition
•    What’s the difference between IBD and IBS?

Both articles explain how IBS differs from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The articles cover symptoms, diagnosis and management. They are available in both English and French. 

AboutKidsHealth is SickKids' patient education website, with a range of content available in multiple languages to help empower families to become partners in their health-care journey. For more information on IBS and other topics, please visit AboutKidsHealth.

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The CAPHC team is always interested in learning more about what is happening in the paediatric health care community. If you have a program, event, website, or initiative that you would like to share with the country, email info@caphc.org for more information.