Peppermint Oil Capsules: A Treatment Modality for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in the Pediatric Population
Lauren E. Galea
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder associated with altered bowel habits. IBS significantly impacts the quality of life of affected children and adolescents. Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasingly common among the gastrointestinal pediatric population. Peppermint oil, classified as an herbal remedy and one type of CAM, has demonstrated potential efficacy in treating abdominal pain associated with IBS. Despite limited pediatric studies establishing the effectiveness of peppermint oil capsules in the pediatric IBS population, the use of CAM and herbal remedies like peppermint oil are prevalent. It is essential for nurses and healthcare providers to be educated and aware of its impact in the pediatric IBS population to effectively guide care of these patients.