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A physician should take a careful history and examine the belching patient’s abdomen and mouth to be sure no other disease exists. Occasional belching, especially if it is after a meal is normal and requires no treatment.

Those who feel they belch excessively should understand the relationship of belching to air swallowing as described above. After a doctor’s examination, it is reassuring to learn there is no underlying disease, and that there are no consequences beyond possible embarrassment.

Eating slowly allows time for air to be moved along the intestine, or absorbed. Excessive chewing or sucking should be avoided by choosing food that is easily chewed.

Relaxation techniques may be of benefit. Some good results are reported with hypnosis, but there are no scientific studies to support any treatment.

Learn more about using relaxation in coping with GI disorders

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