As a teen, what causes farting?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Teens, just like everyone else, fart from time to time.  The scientific, and more polite, term for farting is flatulence.   Flatulence is gas produced as a by-product of the digestive process.  Most people "pass gass" (fart) at least 14 times a day.  As a matter of fact, passing gas indicates normal functioning of your digestive tract.  Excessive gas can lead to belching (burbing) when gas leaves the stomach and exits out the mouth. Excessive gas in the lower part of your digestive tract can lead to frequent episodes of passing gas from the rectum. Not passing gas can lead to excess gas buildup  which stretches the walls of the intestine leading to sharp and cramping kinds of pain.  Passing gas is not life-threatening but it can be very embarrasing, especially if loud or smelly.   As a teacher in middle and high schools, I've had many teens pass gas loudly in class which usually leads to laughter (and disruption) among the entire group.  How many people can resist laughing at a fart machine?  Some foods can be "gassy" such as beans and other high-fiber foods.  If you are concerned about excess gas, make sure to talk to your health care provider, as excess gas can be a sign of a medical condition. 

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