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Air Swallowing and Burping


Parents know it is standard procedure to burp a baby
after a meal.  But it’s not only babies who can burp after a meal. Burps are caused by air swallowing, 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 cold. School-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.
 


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