Baby hiccups are common and normal, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with them
Baby hiccups start early – many babies start hiccupping before they are born. It’s true! During the second trimester, fetuses can start hiccupping from the womb.
When you’re pregnant, there’s not much you can do about your baby’s hiccups. But now that your baby is out in the real world, the hiccups aren’t as cute.
Baby hiccups constantly. He’s hiccupping after feeding, while napping, while pooping. It’s difficult enough getting your baby to sleep. Do you also need to worry about getting your baby to stop hiccuping?
Hiccups are very common in newborn babies – and they are nothing to worry about.
But if you’ve had enough of your baby’s hiccups, try one of these common solutions that can help stop baby hiccups.
How to stop baby hiccups
- Stop overfeeding
Overfeeding, even just breast milk, can cause your baby’s stomach to bloat. The sudden expansion of the abdomen stretches the diaphragm, causing spasms.
- Get rid of bubbles
Your baby might be swallowing excessive air if being bottle fed. The air inflow causes symptoms similar to overfeeding, and the swelled stomach will result in hiccups.
- Check for allergies
The baby could be allergic to certain proteins found in formula milk or even in breast milk, which in turn causes an inflammation of the esophagus. As a reaction to the condition, the diaphragm flutters frequently causing hiccups.
- Eliminate airborne irritants
Your baby has a very sensitive respiratory system. Airborne irritants like fumes, dust, pollution or intense fragrance can trigger coughing. Repeated coughing puts pressure on the diaphragm, leading to hiccups.
- Normalize temperatures
Drops in air temperature can cause your baby’s muscles to contract. This can contract the diaphragm, causing your baby to break into a bout of hiccups.
Overall, remember: do not worry if your baby suddenly starts having hiccups.
Once you understand the pattern, it will be easier to stop the hiccups.
It’s also important to understand what not to do when baby hiccups are getting on your nerves.
Things You Should Not Ever Do (Ever) (Like Never)
Startle or scare the baby: This is common sense, right? Don’t try to “scare” the hiccups out of your baby, they will just get confused or worse.
Sour candy: Some adults swear by sour candy as a viable hiccup cure. Don’t try it on your baby please.
Slap the back of the baby: The ligaments in your baby’s skeleton are still sensitive and force may cause them serious damage. Never slap the back of the baby to stop him from hiccupping. You may gently tap, but anything beyond that can cause injury.
Press the eyeballs: Ocular muscles are still in developmental stages in babies. Pressing the eyeball of a baby, even gently, is not suggested.
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Pull the tongue or a limb: Babies are delicate. And they’re not fully formed. Do not pull the tongue or limbs of the baby to prevent hiccupping.
Hiccups are a temporary. Don’t cause potentially permanaent or lingering issues trying to get rid of them.
As always, consult a physician if you have further questions or the hiccups persist.
When To See A Doctor?
- If it is gastroesophageal reflux
If your baby has chronic hiccups and always burps with gobs of saliva or milk, then he may be showing symptoms of reflux. This can be serious so consult a medical professional immediately.
- Hiccups interfere with activities like sleep and feeding
Take your baby to a doctor if his hiccups interfere with normal activities like sleeping or eating.
- When the hiccups last for hours or days
Babies, especially newborns, can hiccup almost daily for several minutes or an hour.
If your baby seems happy and comfortable, then there is no reason to worry.
If your baby hiccups well into the night repeatedly (for many days), then it’s time to consult a doctor for a solution.
Also, observe if the baby hiccups are accompanied by an unusual sound like wheezing. In such cases, you should certainly consult your doctor.