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Penn Gastroenterology Q&As

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Is frequent belching as sign of GI issues?

Question: My 13 year-old son has been burping up recently eaten food in liquid form. He says it happens ten to twenty times a day and it's not particularly acidic. He said it just tastes like the food he just ate. Should I be worried?

Answer: Belching is usually a minor symptom, but if it doesn’t go away or if you also have other symptoms, it is best to call a health care provider. I recommend that your son see a pediatric gastroenterologist to make sure he doesn't have gastroparesis. To schedule a consultation with a Penn physician, please call 800-789-PENN (7366) or request an appointment online.

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