The University of North Carolina Center for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders has just posted the November 29, 2014 installment of its free monthly online educational series for individuals and family members affected by functional gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome. This series is accessible at the following link: UNC Expert Update.
This month’s video,”What Parents Need to Know About Their Children’s Abdominal Pain,” is presented by Miranda van Tilburg, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Medicine at UNC and a leading researcher of irritable bowel syndrome and functional abdominal pain, especially in children and adolescents. Functional abdominal pain (FAP), also known as recurrent abdominal pain (RAP), is a diagnosis similar to IBS, but without disturbances in bowel habits that are characteristic of IBS. This specific video is less than 20 minutes long.
Expert Update allows people affected by functional GI and motility disorders or their families to ask questions of and give feedback to leading professionals in the field associated with UNC and other major research centers. Each monthly video is no more than 30-40 minutes in length, and available for viewing free of charge by anyone in any country who has an Internet connection fast enough for streaming audio and video. Viewers may then submit questions directly to the researcher through the UNC Expert Update page for up to 7 days after initial posting. Selected questions of general interest will be answered online shortly afterward so that all participants may be able to learn from them.
Obviously, the professionals involved in Expert Update are not able to diagnose or treat individual people over the Internet, and depending on the number of and types of questions they receive, they may not be able to address every question. However, they can and do respond to general questions, concerns and the occasional suggestion, direct people to other general resources as appropriate, and explain their topics and cutting edge research in a respectful and understandable way.
This month’s topic is a tremendous and unique opportunity for parents or guardians of children or teens with chronic abdominal pain resulting from IBS, FAP or another functional gastrointestinal disorder. Please consider taking less than half an hour of your time in order to learn scientifically accurate, state of the science information that may help your child and family.
IBS Impact thanks the series producer, Dr. Olafur Palsson, his colleagues at UNC and all of the participating experts for their long and ongoing commitment to functional gastrointestinal and motility disorder research, awareness and support of those of us who live with IBS and/or other functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.
For more detailed background on the UNC Expert Update series, please see the October 3, 2014 post. For further resources specific to parents and children or teenagers who are dealing with IBS or FAP/RAP, please see the April 11, 2012 and June 27, 2014 posts and the IBS Impact main website’s page on IBS and children. Readers in the United Kingdom may be interested in the many country-specific links at the blog Abominable Abdominal,written by a parent of a preteen diagnosed with FAP and coeliac disease.