I HAVE A 8 WEEK OLD BABY AND I AM NURSING HIM. THE LAST 3 WEEKS I HAVE HAD LOTS OF BAD GAS, IT IS UNCOMFORTABLE FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. I HAVE NEVER HAD THIS PROBLEM BEFORE AND I AM SO READY TO STOP IT. WHAT CAN I DO TO GET RID OF IT ASAP?
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Stomach or intestinal gas is a byproduct generated during the process of digestion. It is generally expelled from the body, either through the mouth (called belching or burping) or through the rectum (flatulence or flatus). The flatus if smells bad, is due to fermentation process of the colon contents, which generates sulphur gases, which produces that foul odor.
The best way to prevent this condition is via dietary and lifestyle changes.
1. Eat slowly by chewing the foods properly. This reduces the amount of air ingested while eating & also facilitates carbohydrate digestion.
2. Pay attention to the kind of food you have been eating lately. This would help identify specific foods that cause bad stomach gas and then cut down its consumption.
3. In addition to the above methods, Activated charcoal, probiotics and digestive enzyme supplements can be used for intestinal or stomach gas relief.
Usually, dietary and lifestyle changes would help you to get rid of gas problems.
But, if the problem persists for a long time, you may consider to consult your physician for an examination and diagnostic tests for digestive and absorption disorders.
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