Frequent/almost Constant Burping

Updated on June 17, 2008
K.T. asks from Torrance, CA
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My son has been burping frequently on and off for about 2 weeks now. It will get better for a little while, and then pop up again. He will start burping almost constantly for a few hours, and then infrequently for awhile. He doesn't seem to be in any discomfort and has no either digestive issues. I've tried Gas-X, Maalox, Pepto-Bismol and TUMS, but nothing seems to work. His doctor couldn't figure it out either. I have also been giving him yogurt and cranberry juice (which is what I use if I have digestive issues), but tht hasn't helped yet either.

I don't believe it's a new stim (for those who know about autism) as he seems to have little control over it, and it varies in severity and frequency regardless of where he is and what is going on.

Anyone else go through this and have any suggestions?

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answers from Los Angeles on

Have you tried a good quality probiotic yet? Here's a link to a great one that's teeny tiny and easy for kids to swallow, that may really be helpful:
Let me know if you'd like to try it.

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answers from Reno on

Are you absolutely certain that he is not just doing this as a stim? I don't have any autistic children but I do have a friend that does and once he learns a behavior, he'll perfect it and use it often including burping. If it is not hurting him or affecting anything in his life, I would leave it alone and let him run his course until he finds something new to focus on. If it is a stim, it is my understanding that nothing you do will stop it.



answers from San Diego on

Kudos to you for finding a great life!!

I don't know anything about autism but try getting his system more alkaline than acid.

There is a product called Perfect Water that can help do that but I am sure there are other ways too.

Also, if you can get him to a chiropractor that can help a lot.



answers from Los Angeles on

Based on my own experience, I would also suggest you try giving your son probiotics and yogurt (if he's not dairy sensitive). And ease up as much as possible on refined sugars. It sounds like he may have an overabundance of yeast in his digestive system right now. I'm not a doctor or anything like that, but I struggle with system wide yeast infections, my body is just very sensitive to pH changes and bacterial levels I guess.
Did your son by any chance just go through a course of antibiotics in the past few months? This is a big one that can cause major yeast problems. I just get destroyed by antibiotics, it takes at least 2 weeks for me to get my yeast under control again, especially in my stomach.
Think of what yeast does to bread, it fills with gas and rises. Same thing in the digestive system I guess. Whenever I have yeast problems, I start burping like crazy. Embarrasing to talk about this on a forum, but hope it helps you with your son.
Also, I agree with the other lady, don't give him Tums and all those stomach acid things, they are really bad for you, but I think gas-x is okay if it helps (it's not the same as stomach meds). If he has acid problems too, try magnesium supplements, it's a natural antacid and doesn't come with all the side effects of the over the counter and prescription meds for acid reflux. But it doesn't sound like your son has acid reflux, just sounds like yeast.



answers from Los Angeles on

This sounds like an autistic behavior and probably has to do with the changes in the family. I worked with DD adults in a behavioral day program and burping (and farting!) were common behaviors my clients displayed. Autistics have a very very difficult time with change and I suspect that the burping is your son's way of coping with the changes in the family. It might be time to sit down with him and talk about the changes going on around him and what he is feeling. Help him put words to his emotions, autistics often have a difficult time expressing emotions as I am sure you know. Does he have a TBS worker? Or therapist? Have these specialists work with him, and you, on some behavioral modification techniques. If the burping is not bothering him then I would ignore it.



answers from Los Angeles on

It could easily be swallowing air eating too fast, chewing gum,etc. It could also be intestinal. Aloe vera juice is very soothing and can relieve inflammtion. It's a great thing to add into his diet, and your's, for joint health as well. You can add an ounce or so to juice. It is available at Trader Joes, Whole Foods or many other health food stores. It's great for the gums also. Sometimes something as simple as upping his water intake will make a difference.

Your little guy is also probably very stressed right now. Have you considered yoga for him? It could benefit him greatly. I'm including a link for you to read a little about it.

With all you've got going a little yoga sounds like a great plan for you too, maybe something the two of you could do together. Good luck, you have a great spirit.



answers from Los Angeles on

less dairy and sugar, more fruits and vegetables. sounds like and acid/alkaline imbalance. food will do the trick. supplements are just more money falling our of your pocket.




answers from Los Angeles on

K., its a behaviorl problem he is a air swallower, a lot of autistic kids are air swallowers, my son is to and he has a hint of autism.. he could be eating to fast, does he drink alot, they tend to breath through the mouth instead of the nose. Its a was for him to release the gas from to much air.
If my son does burp he farts, LOL

try some gas x the chewable tablet, read instructions first.. this will help.

Blessings on being a good Mom



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