Stoma Problems - Wind

Help - I have excessive wind with my stoma!

Avoiding excessive wind

Wind is a normal product of digestion, but there are certain tips to follow which may help to avoid excessive amounts.

  • Eat regular meals in a relaxed environment
  • Eat slowly and chew food thoroughly
  • Try not to talk or to gulp food down as you may swallow more air
  • Avoid fizzy drinks
  • Add peppermint essence (available from the chemist) to hot water and sip slowly
  • Drink peppermint or fennel tea
  • You may wish to try chewing charcoal tablets

Certain foods commonly cause wind but every individual responds differently. If you are having a problem with wind and are eating any of the foods from the list below, you may want to try excluding them and then reintroducing them one by one to see how they suit you:

  • Green vegetables such as cauliflower, sprouts, beans, cabbage, peas
  • Sweetcorn
  • Baked beans
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Cucumber
  • Root vegetables such as parsnip, swede, turnip
  • High fibre starchy foods such as wholemeal bread and wholegrain cereals
  • Fizzy drinks including beer
  • Chewing gum

Products to help with wind and ballooning

Unless fitted with an appropriate filter, wind can cause stoma bags to balloon. The Aura range of stoma bags, Aura Stoma Cap and our Wound Manager bags are fitted with the Dual-Carb®2 filter for more effective reduction of ballooning. Find out more and request a free sample here.

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