Ballooning is when wind gets trapped within your bag, which makes it inflate (similar to a balloon).

Ballooning can be minimised by reducing any foods and drinks that cause gas. Foods that can cause gas are unique to each individual but common ones include:

  • Some vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and onions
  • Corn
  • Alcohol, especially beer
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Dried beans and peas

You should also avoid:

  • Chewing gum
  • Drinking through a straw
  • Talking while eating
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Eating and drinking too quickly
  • Skipping meals

Some bags can also help reduce the problem. The NaturFit® Ileostomy and Colostomy bags include integrated carbon filter for reduced ballooning and pancaking.