Are All Wind Drops Basically the Same?

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Not all wind drops are the same.

There are four types of liquid medicines or supplements that may be ingested for wind: simethicone, Tummy Calm®, gripe water and probiotics.

Simethicone

Simethicone is made from a mixture of polydimethylsiloxane and silicon dioxide, and is sold over the counter under several brand names in the United States. Simethicone was first introduced in 1952 as an anti-foaming agent that causes gas bubbles to combine into larger bubbles. The theory is that larger gas bubbles in the stomach are easier to pass up through burping. However, simethicone has no effect on gas in the intestines, which as many adults know can cause the most painful symptoms. Some studies have shown simethicone to be no more effective than a placebo (sugar pill).

Tummy Calm

Tummy Calm are homeopathic wind relief drops; they are an effective, FDA-regulated, natural alternative to simethicone wind drops. Tummy Calm contains microscopic particles of activated carbon, a substance used safely for centuries and clinically proven to relieve the symptoms of wind, bloating and abdominal pains caused by wind. Tummy Calm contains eight additional homeopathic remedies to provide safe and gentle digestive support. Tummy Calm provides effective relief to gassy babies and toddlers, usually within five minutes or less.

Gripe Water

Gripe water is an herbal or homeopathic remedy that has been used for more than a century as a remedy to treat infant wind. Tummy Calm is from the same company that manufactures the highly acclaimed Colic Calm formula.

Probiotics

Probiotics are benevolent bacteria that aid the digestive process and support the immune system by protecting the body from harmful microbes ingested with food. Liquid probiotic formulas are available for children and several studies suggest that supplementing with a pediatric probiotic may help ease gastric problems, if administered over a period of several weeks.

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