Seeing your little newborn have hiccups can often be cute – unless they become distressed, and in that case you might want to know right now how to get rid of baby hiccups.
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- Is it normal for a baby to hiccup?
- What happens if they get hiccups at a certain time?
- Otherwise, how do you stop hiccups in a newborn?
- When should you be concerned about baby hiccups?
Is it normal for a baby to hiccup?
Yup, it’s really normal for babies to hiccup – and generally it’s not a cause for concern. They can occur from time to time (sometimes daily), and will usually go away on their own.
And, just like with adults, it isn’t exactly clear why babies get hiccups. It’s thought that hiccups might be something we can’t stop or control – a reflexive action, just like sneezing. There might be triggers for babies though, like too much air in the tummy from feeding.
Note: By the way, did you know that babies can hiccup in the womb? You might have felt the little rhythmic “pops” of movement they make when they’re experiencing them.
What happens if they get hiccups at a certain time?
Hiccups can happen more during feeding time, so if you’re worried about when your baby is getting hiccups, why not keep a note and see if the times tally with when you’re feeding. If you figure out this is the case, there are a few things you can try to help a baby get rid of hiccups:
How to stop baby hiccups when feeding
If you’re bottle feeding, pacing and burping regularly during the feed will help any trapped air in your baby’s tummy. It also helps if your baby feels calm before the feed, because if they’re upset they can get hiccups before even starting to feed. And after their feed, it’s best to try to keep them upright and not bounce them around too much.
If you’re breastfeeding, pacing the feed helps the baby breathe and not gulp air down. If the latch is secure, then the chance of air getting into their tummies is less. Try and take breaks to burp your baby, which stops them taking too much food too quickly. This may prevent hiccups.
Otherwise, how do you stop hiccups in a newborn?
If you feel that your little one is bothered, frustrated, or distressed by their hiccups, here are a few tips to help stop newborn hiccups:
- Try waiting it out a bit longer, and let them resolve hiccups themselves
- Offer a pacifier, as the sucking motion is calming and can help soothe a baby
- Try rubbing your baby’s back or burping them, as this can help release trapped air and relax the diaphragm
- After taking a break, try moving positions and try to help your baby relax, as this might relieve the hiccups
- After a pause in the feed, try feeding again, as the sucking motion can help calm your baby and stop the spasm in their diaphragm
- Try changing your routine – maybe try smaller feeds, as more regular intervals to allow their feeding and breathing to become more paced, and they can stop your baby swallowing too much air during each feeding time.
And if you’re wondering “are hiccups a sign of overfeeding?”, then yes it is a possibility with bottle-fed babies that they’re overeating and get hiccups as a result. But not always.
When should you be concerned about baby hiccups?
If your baby is hiccupping relentlessly, or there is noticeable pain or distress alongside vomiting when hiccupping, then you might want to speak to your doctor. It’s possible that your baby has food sensitivities or they’re experiencing acid reflux – and the medical pros are best-placed to recommend whether treatment will help.
Usually, hiccups are just hiccups. But if you’re worried, trust your instincts mama and talk to your healthcare provider.