Swallowing air may cause bloating, burping, gas, and abdominal pain.
Swallowed air that is not released by burping passes through the digestive
tract and is released as gas (flatus).
Babies often swallow air during feeding. It is important to burp your
baby during and after feeding. Swallowed air may cause a baby to be upset and
Aerophagia is a condition where large amounts of air are swallowed.
It occurs most often in people who are very anxious or who have mental health
problems. However, it also is seen in teenagers who want to show off their
ability to burp loudly.
You can avoid swallowing air.
July 12, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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