Hiccups usually aren’t something to worry about, but can definitely be something you’ll be glad to be rid of! In this guide, we'll explore why babies get hiccups, ways to stop them immediately, finding the right feeding positions to minimize hiccups, and when it's time to seek professional advice. Plus, we'll introduce you to a helpful resource from Enfamil Family Beginnings® to make this parenting journey a bit easier.
Why do babies get hiccups?
Babies are prone to hiccuping because of their developing diaphragm and their immature digestive system. When the diaphragm contracts involuntarily and causes a sudden intake of air, it can result in hiccups.
Babies often swallow air during feeding, which can also cause hiccups. Luckily, baby hiccups are generally harmless and often go away on their own.
How to help baby hiccups
If your baby has hiccups in general, especially during or after feeding, try slowing down the feeding pace. Make sure your baby isn't gulping down air with their milk. It can also help keep your baby upright to help trapped air to escape--a little burping or spitting up would not be uncommon.
You can also try these tips for stopping hiccups right away:
Offer a pacifier: Sucking on a pacifier can help soothe your baby and alleviate hiccups.
Burp your baby: Gentle burping during and after feeding can help release any trapped air that might be causing hiccups. Many parents like to use a burp cloth to protect their clothes just in case!
Distractions and laughter: Playing a game, doing a little dance, or just getting a big smile on their face can be all it takes to get rid of stubborn hiccups! Remember, your children are generally very in-tune with your mood and emotions. If they see you relaxed and in good spirits, they’ll know it’s okay, and those pesky hiccups will go away.
Finding a position to minimize baby hiccups
The way you position your baby during and after feeding can make a significant difference in minimizing hiccups.
Try feeding your baby in a more upright position, keeping their head higher than their tummy.
After feeding, hold your baby against your shoulder or in a seated position to help any air bubbles rise and escape.
When to seek medical advice about your baby's hiccups
While hiccups are generally harmless and common in babies, there are times when you should consult a healthcare professional, such as if hiccups are accompanied by vomiting, bleeding, or severe pain.
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