Infant Hiccups

Infant hiccups and baby hiccups are common, just as they are in adults, and usually go away on their own. They can even occur while your baby is still in the womb (usually in the second trimester).

Causes of infant and baby hiccups.

  • Feeding. Babies tend to get hiccups more often because it can be associated with feeding, which can cause air to get into your baby's stomach. When too much air is in the stomach it can cause hiccups.
  • Weather or climate change. Sudden drops in temperature can cause the muscles to contract resulting in hiccups.
  • Crying or coughing. This can also cause air to get into the baby's stomach and muscle contractions that lead to hiccups. It is especially common in babies in the first three months of their life and gradually ends when they get to twelve months.

Home Remedy and how to get rid of infant and baby hiccups.

  • Feed slowly. Practitioners recommend that you always feed your baby slowly to prevent air bubbles in your baby's stomach which leads to hiccups.
  • Gentle patting. This will help reduce hiccups by getting rid of any excess air and gas that has been lodged in the tummy during feeding.
  • Check the bottle. If the nipple of the bottle is too big, your baby may be swallowing too much air while feeding. To check, turn the bottle upside down and make sure the formula only drips a bit then stops. If it is free flowing (nipple is too big) or not dripping at all (nipple is too small), it is the wrong size.
  • Sugar. Put a little sugar on the tip of your baby's tongue. This can help redirect the nerves to the sweet taste on the tongue allowing the muscles to concentrate less on contractions in the diaphragm.

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