How To Get Rid Of Baby Hiccups With Ease
Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Ephraim Iyodo
Baby Hiccups are sometimes a concern for parents who are new to parenting, But with all the confusion there are tips on how to get rid of baby hiccups without having fears of your baby’s health.
How To Get Rid Of Baby Hiccups
Baby hiccups are caused by a contraction of the diaphragm and the quick closing of the vocal cords. The rapid closing of the vocal cords is what creates the sound of hiccups.
Since hiccups tend to bother adults, many people assume they bother babies as well. However, babies are usually not affected by them.
In fact, many babies can sleep through a bout of hiccups without being disturbed, and hiccups rarely interfere with or have any effect on a baby’s breathing.
But if you want to get rid of your baby’s hiccups, here are some tips:
- Burp your baby.
- Give them a pacifier.
- Let the hiccups run their course.
- Feed your baby gripe water.
Take a break and burp your baby
Taking a break from a feeding to burp your baby may help get rid of the hiccups, since burping can get rid of excess gas that may be causing the hiccups.
Burping will also help because it places your baby into an upright position. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests burping your bottle-fed baby after every 2 to 3 ounces.
If your baby is breastfed, you should burp them after they switch breasts.
- Rub or gently pat your baby’s back when they have hiccups. Do not slap or hit this area roughly or with too much force.
Use a pacifier
Infant hiccups don’t always start from a feeding. When your baby starts to hiccup on their own, try allowing them to suck on a pacifier, as this will help relax the diaphragm and may help stop the bout of hiccups.
Let them stop on their own
More often than not, 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 don’t stop on their own, let their doctor know. While rare, it’s possible for hiccups to be a sign of a more serious medical issue.
Try gripe water
If your baby seems to be in discomfort because of their hiccups, then you may want to try feeding them gripe water.
Gripe water is a combination of herbs and water that is believed by some to help with colic and other intestinal discomforts.
The types of herbs can vary and may include ginger, fennel, chamomile, and cinnamon. Though gripe water has not been shown to help with hiccups in babies, it’s a fairly low-risk product.
Before you give your baby anything new, it’s always recommended that you discuss it with your baby’s doctor.
- Check the ingredients list before giving store-bought gripe water to your baby.