If you suffer regularly from trapped wind, try to work out what's causing the symptoms. A bloated stomach may be caused by swallowing too much air, particularly while you're eating, whereas abdominal bloating and flatulence could be a sign that you've eaten something that causes extra gas to be produced in your colon.
In general, the following steps can help you to avoid the symptoms of trapped wind:
- Eat regular meals
- Try not to rush a meal or eat on the move
- Don't gulp down drinks
- Drink alcohol in moderation
- Try to relax and de-stress before eating
- Avoid wearing clothes that fit tightly around your waist, particularly when you eat
Avoid food and drinks that are more likely to cause trapped wind:
- cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts
- turnips, onions, leeks
- fennel, sunflower and poppy seeds
- fizzy drinks, such as colas and beer
Try to avoid stressful situations and find ways to relax when you start to feel tense.