Flatulence

ExitCare ImageThere are good germs in your gut to help you digest food. Gas is produced by these germs and released from your bottom. Most people release 3 to 4 quarts of gas every day. This is normal.

HOME CARE

  • Eat or drink less of the foods or liquids that give you gas.

  • Take the time to chew your food well. Talk less while you eat.

  • Do not suck on ice or hard candy.

  • Sip slowly. Stir some of the bubbles out of fizzy drinks with a spoon or straw.

  • Avoid chewing gum or smoking.

  • Ask your doctor about liquids and tablets that may help control burping and gas.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • There is discomfort when you burp or pass gas.

  • You throw up (vomit) when you burp.

  • Poop (stool) comes out when you pass gas.

  • Your belly is puffy (swollen) and hard.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.