How to Relieve Trapped Stomach Gases

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Gas in your stomach and intestines occurs as a natural result of eating and drinking. The food itself can cause gas, or the way you eat can cause you to swallow air and create gas bubbles in your stomach. Over time the gas naturally disperses or passes out of your body through belching or flatulence. In the interim, however, you can experience pain and other discomfort. Several remedies can relieve the gas and help it pass out of your body more quickly.

Step 1

Take an over-the-counter gas remedy such as milk of magnesia or a product containing simethicone. These products break up the gas bubbles and relieve cramping and bloating.

Step 2

Drink a mixture of ½ tsp. of baking soda dissolved into 8 oz. of room-temperature water. Wait two hours and, if you still have gas, drink another dose. The baking soda mixture breaks up the gas bubbles in your stomach and may cause belching.

Step 3

Drink an 8-oz. glass of club soda. Wait two hours and, if you still have gas, drink another dose. Again, this option breaks up the gas bubbles and may cause belching.

Step 4

Lie on your back and hug your knees to your chest. This position encourages the gas to travel toward your anus, helping you squeeze the gas out naturally. This remedy can be combined with one of the others.

Things You'll Need

  • Over-the-counter gas remedy

  • Baking soda

  • Measuring spoon

  • Drinking glass

Tip

Some gas remedies may encourage belching or flatulence. If you feel the urge to release gas, do so. Holding it in can make it worse. Milk of magnesia and over-the-counter gas remedies might cause constipation and discolored stools in some individuals. Read the package insert for full information on possible side effects and drug interactions. Baking soda contains sodium. Individuals with hypertension should consult their physicians before taking baking soda. Do not curl your lower back or bring your knees to your chest if you have a herniated lumbar disk.

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