A baby with the hiccups can look quite sad, with every hiccup shocking their little body. Luckily, hiccups are most often innocent. What causes those hiccups? And is there a way to prevent your baby from getting them? We will answer all your questions in this blog.

Hiccups are caused by a spasm or sudden contraction of the diaphragm. The diaphragm becomes irritated when your baby drinks or eats too quickly, or when temperatures drop quickly. A baby also can get hiccups when eating something warm, followed by something cold. Ingesting too much air can also be a cause. Babies get hiccups more often than grown-ups, since their diaphragm is not completely developed yet and can get irritated easily.

Is it bad for my baby to have hiccups?

Hiccups are fairly common, but can they hurt your baby? To ease your worries quickly: no, hiccups are a normal phenomenon. You don’t have to worry at all! In fact, babies are already used to hiccups when they are born. They can get the hiccups in uterus, when they ingest amniotic fluid.

Is your baby eating and sleeping properly, then they are not bothered by hiccups. Do you notice your baby having trouble eating or sleeping because of their hiccups? Contact a pediatrician and let them check whether everything is okay.

Preventing your baby from having hiccups

Just because hiccups can’t cause any harm, doesn’t mean they can’t be a bother. There are a several ways you can prevent your baby from having hiccups.

  • Before feeding

Make sure your baby is calm before you start feeding. According to nutritional specialists, it’s important that both you and your baby are relaxed during bottle or breastfeeding. You should also choose the right teat for bottle feeding*. This helps your baby regulate the amount of air they ingest while drinking.

  • During feeding

Take plenty of breaks during feeding to make sure your baby doesn’t eat too much at once. Make sure to stop once in a while to let the food settle. If you hear slurping noises, it’s possible your baby is swallowing too much air. If that is the case, make sure to place the bottle a little further into their mouth. By changing your position from time to time, you make sure that your baby ingests food in different ways.

  • After feeding

Always let your baby burp after feeding. This way, you help your baby get the extra air out, and prevent colic. To prevent reflux, hold your baby straight up after feeding.

What do I do when my baby has the hiccups?

Normally, hiccups stop on their own. You don’t have to do anything. Do you want to soothe your baby, or lessen the hiccups? You can do that by massaging the back of your baby, or distract them with toys. Or you can let them suck your little finger or a teat. Usually, waiting patiently for the hiccups to pass is the best idea.

*Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for your baby

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