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Prep Your Kitchen to Accommodate Children with IBS

By Carolyn Dean, L. Christine Wheeler

One of the most important steps to take when you have an IBS sufferer in the house is to make sure that your kitchen is stocked with IBS-friendly food. Everyone has seen (or been) the kid who stands in front of the full fridge — door wide open — and proclaims that there is nothing to eat.

Multiply that with the feelings of deprivation that come when a kid’s favorite foods are deemed unsafe, and you can understand why loading your kitchen with fabulous IBS-safe foods and keeping the unsafe foods out of sight is crucial for making your child’s IBS journey a little easier.

Have several types of IBS-safe snacks available to encourage your kid to eat different things each day. Munching on the same thing day after day can lead to food sensitivities, and providing lots of options helps your IBS child feel less restricted — like she’s making a choice rather than not having any choices.

Making special food for your kid with IBS seems like a lot of extra work, but you can explore some new recipes and consider introducing some new IBS-friendly dishes in the whole family’s diet.

While the family is transitioning into this new way with food, have everyone write their names on the packages of one or two of their favorite snacks or foods. This way, everyone (parents, siblings, and your child with IBS) has foods that nobody else will touch. And because kids can be territorial, bogarting their own snacks may actually take their minds off the fact that those snacks are different.

What about siblings who don’t have IBS challenges? They’re going to insist on eating their favorite foods no matter what. Try some creative healthy snack swapping (such as fruit leather for a chocolate bar or apple chips for potato chips). Great snacks show siblings that the fact that one person has IBS isn’t going to force them to gag down inedible food!