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Remedies For Stomach Gas and Bloating

Gas is a normal part of human digestion. However, it can cause pain and discomfort, and it can have an unpleasant smell. According to the Cleveland Clinic, people pass 1 to 3 pints of gas each day. People also typically pass gas between 14 and 23 times per day. Most people feel embarrassed by gas, but it is part of a natural process, and there are ways to reduce it. Medical treatments are available, but dietary and other lifestyle measures can also help. This article will look at some of the ways that people can relieve gas and any associated discomfort.

Fiber: Fiber can aid digestion, but only if the body is used to it. A sudden increase in fiber intake can lead to gas and bloating. Oat bran, peas, and fruits contain soluble fiber. This type of fiber produces the greatest amounts of gas. If a person wants to boost their fiber intake, the best strategy is to add one serving a day. A person should also drink plenty of water to help the fiber dissolve better. To reduce gas, it may not be necessary to remove all of these types of foods from the diet. Keeping a record of the meals in a week and accompanying symptoms can help a person to identify specific trigger foods. Another approach involves eliminating one type of food that causes gas for a few days, observing changes in symptoms, and moving on to the next. Keep eliminating the foods, one by one, until the symptoms improve.

Gas relief in babies: Babies often have painful gas because their digestive tracts are smaller and their digestive systems are still forming. The stomach may feel hardened, and they may curl their legs toward their chests, in an attempt to relieve gas pain. These tips can help to reduce gas in infants: Use a slower-flow bottle nipple to reduce the speed at which the infant is drinking. Manufacturers have developed bottle nipples specifically for babies with gas. When breastfeeding, keep track of the foods you consume.

Dairy products, tomatoes, and other foods that may cause gas in the mother can do the same in the infant. Burp the infant often, both during and after feeding. After the infant eats, place them flat on their back and move their legs as if they are riding a bicycle, to help free up gas. Time spent lying on the stomach, or tummy time, can also help. A pediatrician may recommend an infant-specific simethicone gas drop. These can help some babies, but it is important to review the dosage with a pediatrician. Now you're aware.

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