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Help Mom Deal With Embarrassing Flatulence

Judie Rappaport
May 12, 2015

Dear Judie:

Lately Mom’s (83) begun passing huge quantities of gas all day and all night long. She depends on me for shopping and entertainment outings, but I’m to the point where I’m too embarrassed to take her out to her hairdresser, shopping or restaurants. When I try to talk to her about it or recommend she take something for her stomach, she says, “Shh, don’t talk about it. I don’t want anyone to know.” Does she really believe no one notices the smell or hears the noise? How do I tell her everyone knows!

- Vera, Hobe Sound

 

Dear Vera:

Recognize Mom’s embarrassment and approach her gently, but keep trying to intervene. It’s important for her to acknowledge she needs a medical checkup to determine the cause of her flatulence. The diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal gas may be as simple as changing Mom’s diet or medications, or as complex as malabsorption which may mean she isn’t absorbing enough nutrients from her foods. Left untreated, severe flatulence can be harmful to Mom’s physical and emotional status. Talk to Mom again. If she still refuses to listen, ask a close friend of hers or her physician to intercede before her problem escalates to a serious medical condition or causes isolation from her friends and family.

 

Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
Preferred Lifestyle Services

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