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01 Sep 2016

How to Treat Trapped Wind

 They say it’s ’better out than in’, but do you know how to treat trapped wind? Today on the Rowlands Pharmacy blog we’re talking about a very common problem that can cause a lot of discomfort, and is one that as adults we often feel awkward discussing due to embarrassment.

But it’s important to know how to get rid of trapped wind, so today let’s let go of our hang-ups and take a look at trapped wind symptoms, treatments for trapped wind and how to prevent trapped wind from occurring in the first place.

The symptoms of trapped wind

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Bloating, feeling uncomfortably full, flatulence and the familiar sound of rumbling or gurgling coming from your stomach can all signal that air or gases have collected in your digestive system, and are having trouble escaping.

If you burp or experience flatulence, the expended air may smell if gases such as sulphur are present, which certain foods are more likely to cause – eggs, meat and cauliflower are particularly high in sulphur.

Understanding what causes trapped wind

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Trapped air can collect along with gases from food digestion, which leads to periods of discomfort. When we eat, drink or swallow saliva we can also swallow air, which can lead to a build-up in the digestive system.

Eating too quickly and talking while you eat can also cause you to swallow more air. And, consuming fizzy drinks or wearing very tight clothes can also be associated with trapped wind.

Preventing trapped wind

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There are lots of small changes you can make to your everyday habits to discourage trapped wind from developing.

Firstly, eating smaller, regular meals could help your body to develop a digestive routine to process food and expel digestive gases more easily.

You may also wish to eat gas-producing foods in moderation or omit them from your diet altogether, providing that you’re eating plenty of healthy alternatives as part of a balanced diet.

As rushing your food can lead you to swallow more air, try and commit to eating slowly and sitting down in a relaxed fashion. Regular exercise can help to expel air, though it’s always wise to give your body time to digest meals before activities, as well as before going to bed.

Treatments for trapped wind

For trapped air that just won’t shift, you’ll find plenty of remedies in our Trapped Wind Relief range that will help to ease the symptoms. Our range includes products such as Rennie Deflatine and Wind-eze Tablets that contain the ingredient Simethicone, which works by joining up small bubbles of trapped air in your digestive system to make your trapped wind easier to expel.

Peppermint is also renowned for its soothing effects on the digestive system, so you can also try Bisodol Antacid Tablets with Peppermint, and try sipping peppermint tea for natural relief from trapped wind.  

If you frequently experience trapped wind, it could be an underlying symptom of other health issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). You’ll find IBS remedies among our trapped wind relief collection, several of which contain Mebeverine to treat cramping, but it is strongly advised that you have IBS diagnosed by your GP before taking any treatments or remedies. It is also crucial to talk to your GP if your trapped wind presents with any other symptoms, such as blood in your stools.

As trapped wind often comes with an uncomfortable, bloated stomach, you may find more information in our blog post on What Causes Stomach Bloating? Or if your infant or child is experiencing trapped wind, take a look at our blog post on How to Ease Trapped Wind in Babies for tips on gentle relief from trapped wind for little ones.