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  • Burping constantly

  • Rapid increase in abdominal circumference

  • Excessive flatulence

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  • Excessive burping

  • Bloated belly

  • Stomach has a lot of gas

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What is aerophagia (Swallowing air)?

Excessive and repetitive air swallowing, resulting in burping, bloating and flatulence symptoms. It can be caused by psychological reasons, habits, or using machines that assist in breathing (CPAP machines).

Symptoms of aerophagia (Swallowing air)

  • Stressed over daily life

  • Stomach feels bloated

  • Feeling uncomfortably bloated after meals

  • Excessive burping

  • Passing gas more than usual

  • Irritability / bad mood

  • Mental stress or physical exhaustion

  • Upset tummy / upper abdominal discomfort

Questions your doctor may ask to check for aerophagia (Swallowing air)

  • Do you feel stressed or unhappy about going to work or school?

  • Do you feel that your abdomen or stomach is bloated?

  • Do you burp frequently?

  • Are you passing gas more than usual?

  • Is your child unusually cranky?

Treatment for aerophagia (Swallowing air)

Treatment mainly involves lifestyle and habit changes. A speech therapist can help with behavior modification therapy. If caused by a CPAP machine, a better-fitting mask may help.

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References

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    https://journals.lww.com/jcge/Abstract/2021/10000/Aerophagia_Study_in_Indonesia__Prevalence_and.8.aspx

  • Fishbein M, Daniak D. Aerophagia During Infant Feeding Causing Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease like Symptoms. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2020 Aug;71(2):e77-e78. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000002774. PMID: 32732791.

    https://journals.lww.com/jpgn/Fulltext/2020/08000/Aerophagia_During_Infant_Feeding_Causing.35.aspx

  • Hasler WL. Nausea, gastroparesis, and aerophagia. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2005 May-Jun;39(5 Suppl 3):S223-9. doi: 10.1097/01.mcg.0000156111.69232.f2. PMID: 15798489.

    https://journals.lww.com/jcge/Abstract/2005/05003/Nausea,_Gastroparesis,_and_Aerophagia.8.aspx

  • Albert J. Bredenoord, Excessive belching and aerophagia: two different disorders, Diseases of the Esophagus, Volume 23, Issue 4, 1 May 2010, Pages 347–352, https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-2050.2009.01038.x

    https://academic.oup.com/dote/article/23/4/347/2329280?login=false

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Samantha Nazareth, MD

Samantha Nazareth, MD (Gastroenterology)

Board-certified gastroenterologist. Experience managing gastrointestinal conditions (GERD, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, celiac disease, NASH) within healthcare organizations (three ambulatory surgical centers, single-specialty practice, multi-specialty practice and solo practice).

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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