psyllium improves irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in children

Irritable bowel syndrome is the most common disorder of the gastrointestinal tract, affecting as many as 15% of all people. And some of those people are kids. Help is on the way!

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes abdominal pain, diarrhoea and/or constipation, bloating and gas. It can occur at any age, including during childhood.

Even conventional medicine has adopted fiber as a treatment for children with IBS. Fiber—with the exception of wheat bran—has been shown to help IBS. And supplementing psyllium has been shown to help adults with IBS. But so far, psyllium has not been studied in children with IBS. Until now!

A just published double-blind study gave 81 children, with an average age of about 10, either a placebo or psyllium for 4 weeks.

The kids on the psyllium had a significant improvement on the IBS severity scale compared to kids on the placebo. And, while only 9.7% of the kids on placebo went into remission, 43.9% of the kids on psyllium did.

This study shows for the first time that psyllium is an effective therapy for children suffering from IBS.


J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2022 Sep 22. doi:10.1097/MPG.0000000000003622


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