A distended stomach or abdominal distention is a condition due to gas in the intestine. This is because of eating fibrous rich foods such as fruits and vegetables like beans and dairy products especially to individuals who are lactose intolerant. Apart from that, it can also happen because of fluid accumulation in the abdomen and other medical problems.
A distended stomach may also mean that the person is not ill but he or she just gained weight, a woman having premenstrual syndrome or PMS, pregnant or an unconscious swallowing of air.
Distended stomach causes
Causes of Distended stomach include:
- Excessive eating
- Sleeping and then unconsciously swallower air or aerophagia
- Dyspepsia or transient constipation
- Parasite infection
- Some types of abdominal surgery
- Liver cirrhosis
- Food poisoning
- Lactose intolerance
- Severe peptic ulcer disease
- Bowel obstruction
- Paralytic ileus
- Ovarian cyst
Distended stomach in Dogs
In dogs, distended stomach or bloating is a serious and frightening condition. It is also called as Torsion and Gastric Dilation-volvulus or GDV and this requires immediate attention. Large dogs are prone to bloating like Saint Bernard’s, Great Danes, Akitas, German Shepherds, etc.
To know that the dogs have distended stomach, it can be felt when touching or just seeing the dog. The canine also abnormally excreting saliva, restlessness, lethargy, and rapid heart rate are also some of the symptoms. When looking at the dog, it is evident that it is not comfortable and they want the help of their master.
In treating the condition, the veterinarian will insert a tube in the esophagus to relieve the gas. If this is not possible, surgery is the most appropriate action. Although the procedure is expensive and complicated it can save the life of the dog.
To prevent this from happening, prophylactic measure should be done to dogs who are predisposed to have this condition. Also a small meal can be done at about 2-3 meals per day.
Distended stomach after eating
Sometimes after eating, the person may feel tightness in the stomach and the pants may be tighter and some pain can also occur. This is usually the feeling of a distended stomach. The most common reaction is that the person may have eaten something that they didn’t agree so avoiding the food is their next step.
Abdominal distention usually happens when a person swallows air while or after eating and drinking. Also, this can also happen when the person eats so fast.
How to get rid of Distended Stomach
To get rid of distended stomach, the person needs to slow down when eating and take time to chew the food. Also, using straws can be used in drinking since it avoids gulping of air.
Distended Stomach Treatment
In treating distended stomachs, some medications may be given like BeanoTM, which is a formula that contains enzymes that helps breathe down the carbohydrates and vegetables. This can also help reduce the gas and belching. Probiotics are also given to treat bloating however not everyone feels good with this supplement. Acupunctures and accupressures can also be done as an alternative treatment for bloating.
Remedies for Distended Stomach
- Eating in small frequent meals
- Do not take 20-25 grams of dietary fiber a day since it can cause bloating.
- Sometimes, a bloated stomach can be a breeding place for bacteria. In that case, it is important to eat foods which can kill these bacteria like yogurt which has a high content of probiotics.