If you have wind

Here are some helpful tips for coping with wind:

  • Eat and drink slowly. Take small mouthfuls and chew your food well.
  • Avoid food that you think gives you wind, such as beans, pickles and fizzy drinks.
  • A popular natural remedy is to drink two teaspoons of peppermint water dissolved in a small cup of hot water. This can be sweetened with sugar.
  • Your GP can prescribe peppermint oil capsules that may help.
  • You could try taking charcoal tablets, which you can buy in the chemist.
  • Gentle exercise, especially walking, can bring some relief.
  • Try to ensure your bowels are opening regularly – wind can be a sign of constipation.
  • If passing wind becomes painful, tell your doctor.