Tips to prevent your baby from having hiccups
How should you deal with your baby’s hiccups? It’s annoying for your baby and for you too. However, don’t worry, it’s common for newborns. It’s better to know what causes them to prevent your baby from getting them.
Best ways to deal with baby hiccups
What are hiccups?
- Hiccups are caused by quick contractions of the diaphragm, which is below the lungs. This happens when a large amount of air is inhaled abruptly.
- Hiccups may also happen with children that breastfeed. However, it happens more with babies feeding from a bottle, especially when they swallow it quickly with some air.
- Rest assured, hiccups are no cause for concern. They could last of half an hour only.
- Although they’re annoying to you, remember that they cause no pain for your baby.
How to prevent your baby from having hiccups?
- When you breastfeed your baby, make sure they’re in a position that prevents air from entering their stomach with milk. Bring them as close to the nipple as possible.
- If they drink milk from the bottle, try to tilt it so its head is full of milk, not air.
- If your baby has hiccups while feeding, don’t stop feeding them. Swallowing milk could help stop it.
- After they finish feeding, burp them as usual. Carry them upright and pat their back gently. This could help the air leave their stomach, and therefore get rid of hiccups.
- Is there a treatment for hiccups? If you’re asking this question, the answer is no, there’s no treatment. It’s enough to wait for it to stop on its own.
- However, you can calm down your baby. To do this, lay them face down on between your arms and swing them gently, or take a walk around the house while carrying them with, walking slowly. This could make them forget about the hiccups.
- If they experience hiccups outside their feeding times, it’s enough to give them some water.