Smelly "Gas" from 7 Year Old

Updated on March 23, 2009
K.L. asks from East Troy, WI
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my son has the worse smelling gas. it's all the time not just here and there. is there something i can give him over the counter ( he doesn't swallow pills) or do i have to take him to his dr and get a prescription?

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answers from Omaha on

My adopted daughter is 9 and has been with us for 3 years now. She has always had smelly gas. Recently it got BAD. I went to the dr and he said she had some reflex issues. He gave us prilosec (spelling). It didn't really work. I found that Mylanta chewable tablets work excellent. That helped with the gas, but what causes it....I started thinking that recently she had been on a milk kick. I wondered if that may be the problem and so I took her off all milk. No smelly gas. I added milk back in...smelly gas. You may try that too.

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answers from Rochester on

I would take him to the Dr. My husband had this problem as a kid and still has it today. He has gas all thim! Unfortionatly he has some other health issues that are much worse then this so we have not brought it up to the Dr. Yet. My husbands parents never had insurance so they never took him to the Dr, so we are dealing with everything now. One thing that did help for treating the gas is that we took all junk food out of his life. I know that is hard to do with a 7 year old, but my husband said that he has never felt so great. He still has some gas, but nothing like what it used to be. He now eats celry sticks and carrets for snack! Good luck!



answers from Minneapolis on

Rather than give him a medication I would try to figure out what is causing it. It could be his diet or an underlying medical condition. (I don't know if little kids get it, but I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, for example.) Try your pediatrician or a nutritionist. If they can't help you might even see a gastrointerologist. It also might be helpful to check with a pediatric chiropractor. They deal with wellness issues and sometimes offer dietary supplements. Good luck.



answers from Minneapolis on

I'd recommend watching his meat intake. If he has too much, that would definitely make a difference in the smell.



answers from St. Cloud on

Usually it is coming from a persons diet. Does he consume lots of "junk" food? Or lots of one certain kind of food?

My husband has this problem when he eats things that are NOT healthy...

We have switched to a 90% organic, pretty much NO sweets diet and he rarely has this problem anymore. Only when he "cheats" on our lifesyle. We don't have a rule that we can never have other things. We just make sure that the treats are few and far between.



answers from Minneapolis on

is he constipated? my girl gets really smelly too and it normally because she has to poop. she has always had a problem with constipation. we give her miralax (is a powder you can put in drinks). it helps with constipation and the smelly gas too. i would also look at his fiber intake, this may help too.



answers from Madison on

As one who is searching for the cause of all my medical woes, I've come across gluten intolerance/celiac disease.

Once a person really starts researching this, it is absolutely unbelievable how many chronic and autoimmune diseases are affected by and/or caused by this condition. Smelly/obnoxious gas, diarrhea OR constipation, gastointestional reflux (also known as GERD), fatty stools, abdominal pain and/or bloating/abdominal distention, failure to thrive, picky eater/not wanting to eat -- all of these are signs in children that point toward a possibility of this disorder.

Smelly gas from a child is not normal; in fact, it's not normal for anyone. As a few others pointed out, the cause is rooted in something he is eating that's not agreeing with his digestive system. It's been my experience over the past year (I'm 41 and still trying to find out if I have celiac; I do have gluten intolerance) that you're better off going to see an alternative doctor (Integration doctors are great!) than a regular conventional doctor, because a regular doctor in all likelihood won't know anything about celiac disease/gluten intolerance and, most probably, won't test for it. That, at least, has been my experience with both myself and with my 8-year-old daughter, who has had problems since birth and with whom we have been offered no help from her pediatricians.

I hope this info helps, and I wish you and your son good luck.



answers from St. Cloud on

HI K.! I agree with alot that Ann C. said. Grains are a huge cause of gas. Many people think that it's meat or "gas producing veggies" but most often that is not the case.
Even if he is not gluten intolerent (it's a simple blood test) try doing an elimination diet and take grain out of his diet for a month.
Remember, grains include rice, corn, wheat, barley etc... He could be intolerent to any or all of these things.
A pill to mask the symtoms is only a short term solution.
Does your son seem to gravitate toward bread, pasta and such? Does he have stomach discomfort with the gas? Is he often tired or seem distracted? These are all signs of intolerence to grains.
I hope you find a solution!

PS...a regular Dr. DOES test for celiac disease. It's a simple test and you get the results in 7-10 days.

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