As a new mom, I was able to listen to the hiccups that my baby is having from time to time. Parents should not get worried when babies have hiccups but frequent hiccups can make us uncomfortable sometimes in some ways. When my baby had hiccups, I had a lot of questions on mind before.
Why does my baby have them? Is my baby in pain from the hiccups that keep on coming? The main cause of a baby's hiccups is still unknown. Her pediatrician said that it was normal so I wasn't much concerned about it anymore but there are things that you can do as a mom to stop it when it starts.
- Moderately Easy
What you'll need:
Relax when baby have hiccups and try your best to comfort your baby while his or her hiccups keep on coming.
Hold the baby close to your body so that the baby will feel your warmth. Holding your little one close to you can make him or her relax and secure as well. You can also help your baby by gently patting him/her on the back and hold him/her in an upright position against your shoulder because a baby can't burp right on cue.
This technique could be better than patting a baby in a sitting position since a baby can't tell if the pressure he or she feels on the back will be too much.
Try to make the baby drink milk through your breast and you'll soon realize that the hiccups will just stop.
Breastfeed the baby for about 5-8 minutes when the hiccups start then the better. The constant sucking and swallowing can help the baby's muscle relax and make the hiccups stop.
Allow the baby to drink from the bottle when the hiccups occur if you are bottle feeding. Once a baby swallows air, then this could inflate his or her small tummy which often leads to successive hiccups.
You can check the nipple of the formula bottle so that you'll be able to tell if this is happening. If you turn the formula bottle upside down, the milk should drip from it in a continuous way and not only a couple of times up until it stops.
Try to use different formula bottles up until you'll be able to use the best one. Feed your baby in small portions of food or enough liquid one at a time. Do not give nor force your baby in eating much food or allow him or her to drink a lot of fluids.
Burp the baby frequently during feeding because this may also decrease the hiccups.
Tips & Warnings
- Parents should not get worried when babies have hiccups. Eating or drinking fast, crying too much, sudden movements with a full stomach, laughing continuously on an empty stomach, indigestion and fatigue, etc. could be the causes of frequent hiccups.
- Pediatricians have not yet given the exact reason why babies have hiccups. Hiccups can last for about a minute, a few or more but they do not harm your baby in any way so try to relax when they come.
- Hiccups generally last up to four to ten minutes. Babies just like adults also experience the same discomfort when having hiccups that's why it's better to stop them if you can.
- Managing a baby's hiccups is easy if you know how to cure them. It's normal and happens to everyone although you need to closely monitor how long the hiccups of a baby would take place. Take note that if it would last for more than a day, it's advisable to consult the baby's pediatrician.