Sunday, July 31, 2011

baby and hiccups

I have been told that hiccups are normal and quite common among babies.

But I do wonder if there's a way to lessen them... or at times, I'm worried if Baby's uncomfortable.

Or will burping after feeding help out? or do I need to burp the baby some more?

Questions... questions... indeed, I have a lot!

Anyway, here are the answers that I got from Google... (just click on the hyperlinks)

Is it normal that my baby gets hiccups all the time?

Baby Hiccups

There isn't a lot you can do to stop the hiccups in a newborn baby. Certainly the old wives-tale solutions for adults (such as standing on your head, breathing into a paper bag, getting a scare etc.,) should not be tried on your infant. In fact, probably the only thing you can do is to patiently wait the hiccups out and try to comfort or distract your baby while the hiccups persist. Frequent burping during feeding may decrease the instances of hiccups, but once they start there is very little that you can do.

Why does my baby hiccup so much?

In general, hiccups seem to bother parents more than they bother the baby. If the hiccups are prolonged and are interrupting a feeding, some babies will start to fuss. But generally, as the baby gets older, the sessions will space out. Usually by a year of life they will be much less frequent. Some babies that havegastroesophogeal reflux (GER) may be more prone to hiccups. 

Dealing with Baby's Hiccups

If you really want to curb Baby's hiccups, some things to try include:
  • Letting her feed at the breast or taking sips from a cup or bottle. This can sometimes help the diaphragm to relax.
  • Sitting the baby up and comforting her until they pass.

In general, the key to getting rid of hiccups is time. Hiccups will pass, and tricks will not usually work to make them go away. If you still have concerns about your baby, ask her pediatrician. 
If your baby gets hiccups often, try to feed her when she's calm and before she's extremely hungry. This will reduce the likelihood of hiccups during the feeding. And remember, this too shall pass.

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