Issue: Why do you think my child belly always seem to be distended and full of air?

Opinion From a Mom:

Keep in mind that some kids bellies are naturally a little big and they will grow out of it as they get older.

However, my little one often has the same issue with a distended stomach. What I found is that venting her g-tube more often has helped a lot. I vent it before each feed and anytime in between when I feel it is necessary.g-tube-bloated-belly-causes

When air doesn’t seem to want to come out, I get a 60 ml syringe to help with the venting process. I attach it to the g-tube and pull back gently and almost every single time I do this I will get back ton of air in the syringe.

Sometime I also will get back some of her meal/food in the syringe too. For me, this is fine and I do not discard the food. Instead, I push the air from the syringe leaving only the food and then put it right back into her tummy.

A syringe comes in handy because there maybe times when the g-tube is slightly clogged and is trapping the air from coming out. Or perhaps even though you are venting your child regularly, you are not getting all the air out of their belly. Therefore try using a syringe for assistance.

Likely your child is fine. Take note when your child’s belly is distended.

Is it distended when they first wake up in the morning after not having anything to eat for some hours?

If the tummy is normally flat just like most people are, then I have found you don’t have much to worry about. Just try venting you little more.

If the tummy is always distended no matter what, then this would concern me and I would talk to my daughter’s doctor asap.

Last thought here; sometimes the belly becomes distended if your baby is constipated. For example, my daughter is on an iron supplement that causes her to have constipation. This also contributes to her distended belly until she has a good bowel movement.g-tube-venting-bloated-belly

If your child is like mine and depending on their age, try given them yogurt with probiotics and making them some warm green tea.

I found that tea is the best for my daughter when she is constipated. If you try yogurt I recommend try finding one plain like vanilla or something that comes in a drink/shake like form. These are easier to go down the g-tube. Never get the ones with the fruit pieces in it.

Now one thing I must add before I end this.

My child never seem to be in pain or cries due to this issue, but it has been a few times where her belly had too much air in it that when I started to feed her via the pump or bolus she gestured as if you needed to vomit. She cannot vomit because she has a nissen which prevents her from vomiting.

However, this is always a sign that either she has air in her belly that needs to be removed or the food that’s going in her belly is not agreeing with her and it needs to be removed.

That is when I will stop the feed and use a syringe to remove all the extra air. I will continue feeding after that.

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