What Is Aerocolia

Characterized by the excessive accumulation of air in the intestine, Aerocolia is a benign condition that results in bloating. In some cases, given the intensity of the symptoms, it can be highly disabling.  

Causes

The presence of gases in the intestine is quite common and is usually associated with the diet (especially a diet low in nutrients and high in fats and sugar). In these cases, it is necessary to pay attention to simple or fast-absorbing carbohydrates, also known as sugars and which exist naturally in many foods. This is the case of lactose in milk or fructose in fruit.

Aerocolia may also be associated with other pathologies or disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, such as:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Acute gastroenteritis
  • Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Parasites

Stress or anxiety states, as well as the use of certain medications, can condition the development of this condition.

In babies , it can arise as a result of breastfeeding, using a pacifier or crying, due to uncoordination between swallowing and breathing.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Abdominal pain or spasms
  • Gases
  • Eructations (belching)

In some cases:

  • Headaches
  • Palpitations

Treatment

Treatment mainly involves adopting a healthier diet and having good eating habits:

  • Eat slowly, chewing your food well
  • Eat little at a time
  • Chew with your mouth closed to prevent air from entering
  • Avoid drinking fluids during meals
  • Avoid carbonated drinks
  • Avoid canned and sugary foods

In some cases, the use of probiotics is recommended .

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