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Are Gas Drops Safe for a Newborn?

author image Sharon Perkins
A registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience in oncology, labor/delivery, neonatal intensive care, infertility and ophthalmology, Sharon Perkins has also coauthored and edited numerous health books for the Wiley "Dummies" series. Perkins also has extensive experience working in home health with medically fragile pediatric patients.
Are Gas Drops Safe for a Newborn?
Don't expect miracles when trying gas drops to reduce colic.

Simethicone drops -- an over-the-counter remedy used by some parents with colicky infants to reduce gas bubbles in the intestines -- are generally safe for use in newborns. While gas drops are generally safe, it is unclear whether they are effective in decreasing the symptoms of colic. Most research studies have found no conclusive evidence that gas drops relieve symptoms of colic in babies.

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Safe Use

Although simethicone gas drops are sold over the counter, they should not be used in unlimited amounts. The recommended dose for children younger than age 2 is 20 mg. In most cases, this will be 0.3 mL, but check the product label to be sure. Carefully follow all dosing directions for gas drops and do not exceed the daily limit of doses. If you are unsure about how much to give your baby, talk with your doctor.


Most studies show no benefit for using gas drops to treat colic, according to a review of studies published in the January 2009 issue of "Clinical Pediatrics" and another published in February 2012 in the "Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health." A few small studies have shown positive results, but they are the exception. Talk with your doctor before treating your newborn with gas drops. She may have other suggestions to help comfort your little one.

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