Parents know it is standard proced
ure to burp a baby
after a meal. But it’s not only babies who ca
n burp after a meal. Burps are caused by air swallowin
g, and some children do that long past infancy. But you can lessen air swallowing in children
of all ages. For a baby, offer a feeding before your baby starts to
howl with hunger, swallowing more air. Hold bottle-fed infants at an
angle to prevent swallowing air from the bottle. Toddlers swallow air
when crying… or when a stuffed-up nose makes them breathe through their
mouth. Teach your child to blow his nose frequently when he has a
l-age children and teens tend to gulp down air when eating
quickly. The fizz in carbonated drinks also leads to lots of gas and
loud burps. So encourage your child or teen to eat more slowly and
avoid carbonated drinks.
The above script is part of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,'
which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.