Child care

How to Manage Baby Hiccups?

Although many parents are concerned about baby hiccups, hiccupping is extremely common in newborns. Hiccups in babies decrease with age, and they are rare by the time baby is 9 months old. Baby hiccups are not a health concern, and they usually stop in 5 to 10 minutes.

How are Hiccups Caused?
Hiccups are caused when the diaphragm (a muscle present under the lungs and above the stomach, which is involved in breathing) contracts. Due to the contraction, the air is sucked into the windpipe and the vocal chords are closed suddenly. This results in hiccups and the ai??i??hicai??i?? sound.

Why are Baby Hiccups Caused?
Hiccups in babies may be caused due to the following reasons:

  • Swallowing air in huge amounts
  • Pressure on the diaphragm due to full stomach
  • Gulping breast milk or other foods quickly
  • Excitement

Most babies hiccup after eating. In some cases hiccups can start without any reason.

How to Manage Baby Hiccups?
Baby hiccups can be managed in the following ways:

  • To reduce baby hiccups, feed slowly.
  • Allow the baby to burp periodically while feeding to reduce the hiccups.
  • Breastfeeding the baby or offering water can stop hiccups.
  • Offering your baby something to suck on can stop the hiccups.

Not doing any of the above when your baby hiccups can also work, as hiccups generally stop on their own in 5 to 10 minutes. Hiccups are rarely caused due to health problems, but if the hiccups continue for a couple of hours, it is important to consult your doctor.

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