Burping is the act of releasing air that comes from the stomach through the mouth.
Burps generally occur when the stomach experiences distention (expansion), which is caused by the person swallowing an excessive amount of air. Burping allows for the release of this air to alleviate the distention. The webpage MedlinePlus explains that “Belching is most often a normal process and depending on the cause, it can last longer or be more forceful.”
No treatment is required for burps. If they become excessive, however, see a medical professional to explore the potential conditions that could be causing the problem. The treatment depends on the cause.
To prevent burping, try the following recommendations:
- Sit down while you eat and chew slowly.
- Avoid chewing gum or sucking on hard candies.
- Avoid carbonated beverages and alcohol.
- Avoid foods with high starch, sugar or fiber contents that cause gas, such as beans, lentils, broccoli, peas, onions, cabbage, bananas, raisins and whole wheat bread.
- Taking probiotics can aid your digestion.
- Avoid situations that cause anxiety and that can lead to hyperventilation.