Are Gas Drops Safe for a Newborn?

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.

Don't expect miracles when trying gas drops to reduce colic. (Image: Ingrid Balabanova/iStock/Getty Images)

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.

Effectiveness

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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