When it comes to parenting there are certain things you wish you would never have to deal with. Getting a child to stop farting inappropriately is one of them.
How to get a 7-year-old to stop farting. 7-year-olds are just learning to control some of the more passive actions of their body as such the best ways to stop a 7-year-old from farting is to talk to them about the inappropriate nature of farts. If your 7-year-old is trying to stop but can’t then a change in diet needs to occur.
Talking to Your Kids About Passing Gas
The first step when trying to reduce gas is to talk to your child about this. When it comes down to it 7 is an age of a lot of change at 8 kids start to be able to control themselves a lot better so for a seven year old it is important to had some conversations about this already.
Farting is not a bad thing. A lot of parents seem to teach their children this and it’s simply not true. Farting is a natural when looked at as natural there are two things that shouldn’t be brought up about farts.
One, farts should not be embarrassing. It happens naturally, should they attempt to be controlled yes, but overall they are something that occurs to everyone. I’ll go into more about this later.
Two, farts should not be funny. From low brow potty humor on TV to their peers and siblings farting seems to be made out to be funny. I think part of this is wrong. Intentionally setting up a fart to be funny is disrespectful, but at the same time, a lot of people use laughing at passed gas as a way to diffuse a potentially embarrassing or tense situation.
Which is why it is best to stick to the concept of farting being natural. Don’t teach your kids to laugh at a fart, and don’t teach them to be embarrassed or chastise others about a fart. Simply let it be what it is a very mundane action that is part of being human.
Teach your children that it is polite to say excuse me after you fart. Since farting is so often seen as a funny thing in children you will often need to prompt your kids to say “excuse me” frequently. This is fine as you continue to hold to what is polite it will eventually become second nature to your children to excuse themselves when they release gas.
To insure this when you, your spouse, or other adults your kids frequently interact with fart it is best to have them excuse themselves as well. That way your children have examples of this happening and will know that it is okay to fart and say excuse me.
How to Help a Child Get Over Fart Embarrassment
Honestly, there is a part of me that questions whether certain adults have gotten over this. It’s not just a problem with kids. But let’s face it some children are going to be embarrassed by our gas. So what do you do?
The first thing you need to clarify is that you fart too. That’s right you can do this through demonstration, preferably, or by just talking about it. If you don’t want your kids to be embarrassed about it then you can’t be embarrassed about it. So share that this is not a problem that goes away. It will be much worse for your child if they believe that this is an issue that is going to go away.
Personally, I have irritable bowel syndrome which makes me much more prone to releasing gas than others. And much more prone to release foul smelling gas at that. I quickly learned that farting wasn’t something worth getting worked up over. The same message needs to come off to your kid.
To remove the fear of farting, remove the mystery about farts. Explain what farting is, how often people usually fart, etc.
The Facts of Farting
Farting is the release of gas through one’s butt. This gas comes from our stomachs, kidneys, colons, and intestines. The majority of gas is air that we swallow. As such, too completely stop farting would be to stop breathing.
Besides air, we also release gas from excess carbohydrates and overgrowths of bacteria. Without farting this buildup of excess gas would spread upwards and you would feel pain in your abdomen or possibly higher into your chest. This can result in problems like, acid reflux, sulfur burps, fart breath, and adverse breathing problems.
Overall, farting is a means to relieve unnecessary pressure on the rest of your body. Farting is a natural mechanic and adaptation that serves as to strengthen our digestion.
People fart an average of 13 to 21 times a day. Yeah this one is a big reveal to most people. Part of digestion is farting it not something that happens its a guarantee. It is actually incredibly rare for someone to be releasing more gas than normal.
Additionally, given that kids use a lot of energy throughout the day it is likely that their bodies will have a lot of excess gas left over so it is more common for them to fart.
To find out more about farts there a several YouTube videos like this AsapSCIENCE Video. to enlighten yourself or your children about their gaseous release.
There are several things that can naturally lead to having lots of gas. However, the opposite is true as well; there are natural ways to reduce gas.
Eating slower: perhaps the largest culprit to having excess gas is the speed at which you eat. This is also a contributing factor to why kids fart more than adults do. This is because of the excess air that is swallowed when you eat quickly. Have you ever eaten so fast that you feel out of breath?
That’s the problem here by eating quickly you are forced to breath in more forcefully and as a result you take in extra air. This air has to come out somehow and the easiest way for that to be done is through farting.
Your diet: The next biggest, if not the biggest factor, comes from what you are putting into your body. Gas is produced by a lot of healthy things as well as unhealthy ones. The biggest increases in gas come from, infamously, beans, high fructose corn syrup, carbonated drinks, lactose, sugar-free desserts, vegetables, fruits, and grains.
Carbonated drinks cause a disruption in your stomach they also are liquids filled with excess gas. you are drinking those bubbles. Furthermore, carbonated drinks like soda often have high fructose corn syrup in them as well. That’s two gas producers.
Similarly, cereal in the morning is a huge load of carbohydrates as well as lactose if they are having it in milk. Sugar-free desserts often can combine multiple of these gas producers as well.
Now you don’t need to remove all of these. In fact, you don’t need to remove any of them but keep in mind that your diet is directly connected to your gas. So if your gas is a problem then you may want to think about limiting yourself.
Grains: I wanted to talk about grains individually as they lead to this problem greatly. So grains are mainly formed through use of yeast. Which releases carbon dioxide in it’s cooking. Quite a few people believe this to be the reason for why they cause gas. It’s not.
The main reason that grains fall into the extra gas category is that they are chalked full of carbohydrates. carbs need to be expended rather quickly as energy. If they are not then they work themselves through your body through your excess gas. In this manner it is actually better to eat meat than grains to reduce your gas.
Gum chewing: Also can be tagged in the sugar-free dessert category sugar-free gum is going to release excess gas. Additionally, the chewing of the gum causes excess air to be breathed as well. Control how much gas you have in you and you should be able to reduce the gas that you release. This applies to your kids to, so watch what you are feeding them.