Flatulence

Burping releases air that you swallow. The bubbles from some drinks may cause burps. There 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.