Everyone is familiar with hiccups. We have all experienced them from time to time. However, most first-time parents tend to worry when their newborns get hiccups. And they shouldn’t – hiccups are quite common in babies under one year old.
As a matter of fact, most parents may not know this, but their little one has probably been having hiccups since he was in the womb! Most likely starting around the 6th month of the pregnancy, when their little lungs were developing.
What causes hiccups in newborns?
Hiccups are usually caused by a full stomach, taking in too much air while feeding, or a sudden change in temperature. It’s important to note that they don’t typically bother the baby.
What should you do if your newborn gets the hiccups?
First, don’t worry and try to relax. It’s not dangerous to your baby. You could try burping her, but chances are you’ll just have to wait it out.
Check out the following 3 tips you can try at home:
1. Pause and let your little one burp
To get rid of your baby’s hiccups try taking a break from feeding to burp your baby. Burping can get rid of excess gas that may be causing the hiccups. Additionally, it will move your baby into an upright position (which is very helpful)! In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests burping your bottle-fed baby after every 2 to 3 ounces.
Tip: When burping, remember to rub or gently pat your little one’s back.
2. Suck on a pacifier
Not all baby hiccups start from a feeding. When your baby starts to hiccup on her own, try allowing her to suck on a pacifier. This works because it will help relax the diaphragm and may help stop the round of hiccups.
3. Let it run its course
Frequently, your baby’s hiccups will stop on their own. If they aren’t bothering your baby, then you can just let them run their course.
If you don’t interfere and your baby’s hiccups do not stop on their own, let your baby’s doctor know.
When should you worry about your baby’s hiccups?
Hiccups are considered normal for a baby who hasn’t turned one year old (or when she is still in the womb).
Nevertheless, you should talk to your doctor if:
- Your little one gets hiccups a lot.
- She is upset or agitated when hiccupping.
- Hiccups are disturbing her sleep.
- Hiccups continue to happen after her first birthday.
How to Prevent Hiccups
The truth is that the causes of a baby’s hiccups are not always clear, which is why it is difficult to prevent them completely. However, here are some tips that can help you out:
- Make sure your baby is calm when you feed her
- Don’t wait until your baby is so hungry that she begins to cry or get upset when the feeding begins
- Avoid high-energy play and bouncing up and down after feeding
- Hold your baby in an upright position for 20 to 30 minutes after each meal
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