How to stop baby hiccups quickly and safely

Articles Aug 08, 2019 08:46

Baby hiccups happen quite often. It is only natural, but many parents get worried when they see their children hiccup. Understanding what causes baby hiccups and knowing the ways to cure them will make it easier for you to look after your baby.

If you are a mother for the first time, you will probably feel confused when your baby hiccups again and again. This situation occurs often in newborns and there's nothing to worry about, because it'll improve when they are older. But of course you will only stop worrying if you understand it thoroughly. Below are the reasons that lead to baby hiccups and several ways you can do to reduce them.

What causes baby hiccups?

This is a very common condition in newborns. Even when they are still in their mother's wombs, they hiccup. Babies may hiccup when swallowing amniotic fluid. This can happen from the second trimester of pregnancy onwards. After they are born, there are 7 main causes for baby hiccups:

1. Gastroesophageal reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux is a condition in which food goes back from the stomach to the esophagus. Reflux occurs when the newborn has a not-fully-developed lower esophageal sphincter. The lower esophageal sphincter is located between the esophagus and the stomach, preventing food from the stomach from moving back up into the esophagus. Food reflux and stomach acid affect baby's nerve cells, vibrate the diaphragm and lead to hiccups.

2. Too much breastfeeding

Breastfeeding too much can make your baby's stomach expand. The sudden expansion of the abdominal cavity contributes to diaphragmatic contractions, making the baby more likely to hiccup.

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How to stop baby hiccups quickly and safely

3. Your baby swallow a lot of gas

If your baby is bottle-fed, he may swallow too much air because the milk in the bottle flows faster than breastfeeding. Baby swallowing too much air also makes his stomach expand. Feeding your baby with a too full bottle can make hi more likely to hiccup and get irritated.

4. Allergies

Your baby may be allergic to proteins contained in the milk, even your breast milk, leading to esophagitis. This can cause your baby to hiccup. In addition, breast-fed babies may be allergic to foods eaten by their mothers.

5. Asthma

If the baby has asthma, the bronchial tubes will become inflamed, limiting the airflow into the lungs. This lack of breath made her wheeze, causing her diaphragm to contract. As a result, the baby hiccups.

6. Inhalation of polluted air

The respiratory system of newborns is incomplete. When smoke is inhaled, if it's polluted or if its smell is too strong, the baby will cough. Too much coughing damages the diaphragm lead to hiccups.

7. Reduction of body temperature

Sometimes a drop in temperature can cause your baby's muscles to shrink, including the diaphragm. This makes the baby hiccup. If this situation occurs, you should not worry too much. You need to remain calm and find the cause to resolve these hiccups.

Don't forget to record the time your baby hiccups. This will be helpful when you take your baby to the doctor for examination.

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How to stop baby hiccups quickly and safely?

1. Give your baby some sugar

If your baby is in the middle of eating, you can put some sugar under your baby's tongue. For babies that are too young, you can put a little syrup on your nipple or finger and give it to your baby. However, make sure your fingers and nipples are always clean! With this simple way, you can stop baby hiccups.

2. Massage your baby's back

This is a more direct way to deal with hiccups. Place the baby upright and gently rub his back in a circular pattern. You can also place your baby on your abdomen and massage in the same way as when you are sitting. Massage gently to make your baby feel comfortable. Massage method helps stretch your baby's diaphragm and prevent hiccups.

3. Let your baby sit upright after feeding

You should keep the baby upright for about 15 minutes after feeding. Also, patting his back to help him burp will help bring the air in his stomach out. This makes his diaphragm relax and reduces hiccups.

4. Play with your baby

Sometimes you can play peek-a-boo with your baby. When your baby has hiccups, distract them with movement games or shake toys in front of them. Contractions triggered by nerve impulses can cause hiccups.

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