Don’t you just hate it when your baby seems to hiccup all the time? You might be alarmed, but in most cases, hiccupping is quite normal in babies. As a mom, you’d want to do everything and anything possible to get your baby back to her playful best. So, what should you do when your baby tends to hiccup more than normal?
Read this post to take a closer look at baby hiccups. Find out why some babies hiccup more than others and how to deal with this persistent condition below.
Baby Hiccups – An Overview:
Babies hiccup quite often, and it is a bigger concern for parents than it is for the baby (1). A new study recently concluded that hiccupping could help babies burp better, which in turn also means that they end up consuming more milk. (2)
Possible Causes Of Baby Hiccups:
Hiccups don’t lead to major discomfort or complications in babies and usually last for a minute or less. However, if your baby tends to hiccup more often, it could be a sign of an underlying problem.Why do
1. Underdeveloped Diaphragm:
Sometimes, the underdeveloped diaphragm of a baby can be the reason for chronic hiccups. Sudden contractions in the diaphragm may lead to violent hiccups. As the baby grows, her diaphragm and the other abdominal muscles become stronger, thereby reducing the severity and frequency of hiccups.
Overfeeding is one of the most common reasons why young babies tend to hiccup. If your baby’s stomach gets full too quickly, it may lead to spasms in her stomach, which can also trigger hiccups.
3. Drop In Temperature:
Sometimes, a sudden drop in body temperature may also trigger hiccups. Babies aren’t capable of maintaining their body temperature, which makes them more vulnerable to environmental or temperature changes.
4. Air Swallowing:
Many babies tend to inhale a lot of air while they feed. This condition usually triggers hiccups. The amount of air your baby swallows depends on the position your baby feeds in and how often you allow her to burp in between feeding, to reduce the amount of air your baby swallows.
5. Mom’s Diet:
Your diet can also trigger for hiccups in your baby. Consumption of eggs, peanuts, caffeine, wheat, chocolates, citrus fruits, and soy products can lead to hiccups in babies.
6. Acid Reflux:
GERD or gastrointestinal reflux disease is quite common in babies and also leads to frequent hiccups. (3)
[ Read: Ways To Soothe Your Crying Baby ]
Simple Steps To Deal With Baby Hiccups:
You can reduce the intensity and the frequency of your baby’s hiccups by following some simple steps listed here:
1. Feed your baby more frequently. Remember to have her burp in between every feed session. You can also try different feeding positions. Just make sure your baby latches on securely.
2. Note any signs of frequent spitting, stomach pain or colicky behavior. These could be indicators for GERD.
3. Try placing a little sugar under your baby’s tongue.
4. Distract your baby by giving her a toy or playing with her.
5. Mix some gripe water in a cup of water and feed the mixture to your baby.
6. Massage her back using strokes directed upwards while she is sitting/standing upright. (4)
Although, these tips will help your baby overcome frequent hiccups, remember to consult your pediatrician before trying any of them. If your baby is suffering from chronic hiccups, get her checked up by a medical professional.
We hope you found this information helpful. Did any of these tips help your baby overcome hiccups? Tell us about your experiences and how you helped your baby overcome hiccups. Let us know in the comments box below.
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