Cologne (dpa / tmn) - Occasional abdominal pain is nothing unusual in children. If the symptoms occur again and again, especially in the area of the navel, the irritable bowel syndrome may be behind it.
This is indicated by the professional association of pediatricians (BVKJ). In Germany, about five percent of children and adolescents are affected by the irritable bowel. The complaints occur frequently in some families.
Behind this is a hypersensitivity of the nerves in the abdominal area, which causes pain with increased movements - for example due to digestion or stress. Other possible symptoms include constipation, diarrhea, or bloating.
Parents should discuss suspected irritable bowel syndrome with the pediatrician: he must first rule out that another problem is behind the problems. There are various treatment options for irritable bowel syndrome, for example behavioral therapy measures or relaxation techniques.
Psyllium or maltodextrin powder may also be used to protect the sensitive intestinal wall from irritation. However, some remedies for adults do not help children - peppermint oil, for example (www.kinderaerzte-im-netz.de).