Baby Hiccups

All you need to know

Baby hiccups are a common occurrence and generally happen due to the baby’s immature digestive system



This is because they swallow a lot of air while feeding, which causes the diaphragm to contract, thus producing hiccups.


Hiccups can be annoying for babies and make them feel uncomfortable, but don’t worry—they usually resolve quickly by themselves.


If your baby is having hiccups frequently, there are a few things you can do to help alleviate the discomfort:

Burp your baby after every feeding


This helps expel any trapped air in the stomach.

Give your baby warm water or make them suck on a pacifier during hiccups


This helps calm the nervous system and stimulates swallowing muscles that can help stop hiccupping.

Apply gentle pressure with your hands on their diaphragm


This helps stop the spasms that cause hiccups.

You can also try distracting your baby with funny noises or stories


This might also help divert their attention away from the sensation of hiccupping.


To prevent future episodes of hiccupping, check out these tips:

Keep your baby upright after feedings and avoid overfeeding them


Make sure they’re not drinking too quickly while breastfeeding or bottle-feeding


Avoid sudden temperature changes while burping


Use smaller bottles with slow-flow nipples if bottle-feeding.


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