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Question: Constant Burping


 Michigantrekkr - Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:55 am

Greetings,

My 14 year old daughter is having bouts with burping. It began 2 years ago when she had the chicken pox. She had a very severe case of the chicken pox and even had them in her mouth. The doctor at that time suggested she had the chicken pox sores on her esophagus that was causing the burping, but didn't elaborate on it further.

She has had problems with off and on burping daily since. In observing her, I can see that she sucks in air while she eats. There is no pattern to the burping, some days are worse than others. Sometimes even drinking water will cause her to have a bout with burping for hours. We have asked our current doctor about it, and she says not to worry about it because it is most likely caused by swallowing air. However, it is annoying her to have to burp so much every day.

Sometimes she complains of tasting "vomit" when she burps. She does not complain of heartburn. She has been taking Mylanta Ultimate Strength Chewables and that seemed to help. The last few days, the Mylanta hasn't helped as usual, so we went to a local pharmacy and was told to try something without calcium (he said the calcium could actually be causing the burping). We were recommended to use Maalox with Simethicone 40 mg (liguid. so it would work faster).

She took the first 2 tbsp dosage last night and she was extremely miserable (constant burping, tight feeling in stomach, many 'vomit" burps). She finally took some Mylanta and she was able to fall asleep.

As far as we know, she does not wake up in the middle of the night burping, but first thing in the morning she seems to have to burp. This morning she is still burping, but not nearly as much as the last few days.

I read on the internet today that Simethicone actually makes you burp to get rid of the gas?? We wanted to have her take something that would stop the burping, not make it worse.

We are at our wits end trying to help her with the burping. Should she maybe use the Maalox before she eats a meal and take the Mylanta at bedtime?? Is there any medical connection to burping after having a severe case of chicken pox? (Before having the chicken pox, she very rarely had to burp.)

Thank you.,
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:44 am

User avatar Hi Michigantrekkr,

I am not aware of a link between chicken pox and increased burping, although this certainly does not mean it doesn't exist.

The increased burping is very likely being triggered by reflux. You may want to try more of a preventative type medication (such as zantac or pepcid) to see if this gives her some relief.

If this persists she may benefit from seeing a GI specialist.

Best wishes.

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