What Causes Excessive Burping?

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what causes excessive burpingWhat causes excessive burping? Burping (medically known as eructation) is a natural process by which the stomach rids itself of excess air.

Several things can cause belching, which can be embarrassing (or hilarious, if you have the disposition, or if you’re 12) when in public and around people. Anything that puts extra air into the stomach can trigger burping, such as drinking carbonated beverages, drinking liquids from a straw, or both.

Other causes include anxiety and eating or drinking too quickly. Babies take in a lot of air when they drink from a bottle (less so when breastfed), and need to be burped right after feeding to release the excess air; if left in their stomachs it can lead to painful distended bellies that will be more difficult to fix after the fact.

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Causes of Excessive Burping

what causes excessive burping in adults

Certain foods and drinks can cause stomachaches and burping, especially foods high in starch, sugar, or fiber.

There are a number of reasons why someone might experience excessive burping. Some of them are explored through the answers below.

1. What Causes Excessive Burping in Adults?

For the most part, adults suffer from excessive burping because of the foods they eat. Carbonated drinks, alcohol, cruciferous vegetables, starch, sugar, and fiber can all create excess gas. Foods that cause this include beans, lentils, broccoli, peas, onions, cabbage, and cauliflower.

2. What Causes Excessive Burping and Chest Pain?

Acid reflux is the biggest culprit of excessive burping and chest pain. It occurs when stomach acid and other contents move up into the esophagus through the lower esophageal sphincter and is often worse when lying down or after eating a heavy meal.

3. What Causes Excessive Burping and Stomach Pain?

What we eat can affect the digestive system. Certain foods and drinks can cause stomachaches and burping, especially foods high in starch, sugar, or fiber. Indigestion and heartburn can also cause abdominal pain and burping, though that tends to pass with time.

4. What Causes Excessive Burping and Nausea?

Dyspepsia, which is indigestion, can cause a combination of burping and nausea, along with other symptoms including stomach pain and discomfort, bloating, heartburn, and loss of appetite.

5. What Causes Excessive Burping after Eating?

Eating and drinking too fast allows excess air to enter the stomach, which in turn causes burping because.

6. What Causes Excessive Burping at Night?

Acid reflux is the likely cause of burping at night because, as mentioned, it’s worse when lying down. See your doctor about treatment possibilities and if lifestyle changes are needed to get it under control.

7. What Causes Excessive Burping and Hiccups?

Reflux esophagitis causes the combination of burping and hiccups. It’s an inflammation of the esophagus caused by stomach acid splashing into it. Approximately 30 percent of adults who suffer from heartburn will get reflux esophagitis.

8. What Causes Excessive Burping and Gas?

A number of things can cause excessive burping and gas, including certain foods, having an intolerance to lactose (the sugar found in milk products), some medicines and nutritional supplements, and swallowing too much air.

Tips to avoid excessive burping

Tips to Avoid Excessive Burping

So now that you know what causes excessive burping, here are a few ways to help you avoid this condition. Listed below are some ways to control how much air gets into your stomach:

  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Don’t drink carbonated beverages
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat your food slowly and mindfully
  • Keep a log of which foods make you feel gassy and cause burping, and then remove those foods from your diet; alternatively, you could also eat them in slight moderation.
  • An underlying medical condition, such as a peptic ulcer or gallbladder issues, can cause excessive burping. See your doctor if it’s happening frequently.
  • Don’t use straws, as they can introduce a lot of air into the stomach.
  • Wearing dentures can also cause burping, so make sure they fit well and get them checked periodically by your denturist.
  • Tension and stress can cause someone to swallow more air as a nervous habit, so be sure to relax and unwind every day.

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