Indigestion or gas
Indigestion and gas are normal and to be expected, but some children have a more difficult time dealing with the discomfort. Here are some things you can do to help your child and prevent indigestion and gas.
When your child is having gas or indigestion that seems to be more than normal, you should try to figure out what is causing it.
Often children who are allowed to run around during meal time will have more gas. The activity causes the child to take bigger bites of food, possibly not chewing the food enough, and in the process, they will consume more air. The air gets trapped in the intestines and causes pain. To prevent this, set a rule that meal time is to be taken at the table and there is no playing allowed when you’re eating.
A child’s diet should be balanced. If your child is eating too much of anything, there can be problems with gas and digestion. You may want to discuss your child’s diet with the paediatrician.
If your child drinks too much juice, it can cause intestinal distress. A child under age three should only have about 4 ounces of juice per day.
Soda or other carbonated drinks cause gas. There are a number of other reasons to eliminate soda from your child’s diet.
Make sure your child is drinking enough water. Although water will do nothing to help gas, it does help with constipation and passing stools.
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