Parenting with IBS can be tricky. As a lifelong IBS sufferer, I have some tips to share on how to parent with IBS. Many IBS symptoms can hold you back (emotionally and physically). I know it myself. These simple living with IBS tips might help you with enjoy an active and fun life with your family…
Parenting with IBS
Don’t hide your IBS. My teens have known for a long time that I have IBS. It’s never been a taboo subject. And by knowing about it…they “get” it. Sometimes I don’t feel well. It is a huge help knowing they understand (I even have a child who takes it upon herself to point out “Mom the washroom is over there” when we go places).
My son is younger. And doesn’t yet understand. For him…I use the following strategies to live our family life with my IBS…
Plan eating. IBS symptoms usually trigger within 90 minutes of eating. So I plan safe foods for myself which are less likely to trigger my symptoms when I’m meal planning.
Plan your activities with IBS in mind. I always know the route and washroom location of any where we go. OK, it’s not a spontaneous life (but IBS has enough spontaneity for me).
Bring a back-up when you have something big. Getting tickets for a live performance for me and the kids worried me because I’d think “What if my IBS acts up?” Solution: buy an extra ticket and bring an adult friend. That way, A) I have a back up adult in case I need to run to the washroom B) we have a friend to share with whom we can share the experience. Also works if you go to an amusement park or the beach.
When IBS hits. And it’s usually sudden. It’s OK to say you aren’t feeling well. To change plans. To stay home. I know I’ve had to “Sorry kids but…” more than once. There are still things you can do…your partner can drive them to the birthday party rather than you. Have everyone put on their pjs and enjoy a movie afternoon in the living room. Rain check the activity.
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Disclosure: this post is brought to you by IBgard. The opinions, tips, and experiences are my own.