What Causes Hiccups in babies
Hiccups are a very common problem that we all face, and it seems like they will never go away when we first get them. Fortunately, the vast majority of hiccups will go away within a minute or two, and an hour or so at the most. Occasionally a long term case of hiccups will come along and need special treatment, but that is very rare. In babies, and newborns in particular, hiccups can be a source of entertainment and concern. To a new parent, hiccups can seem scary at first. To the baby, it is usually rather funny and entertaining. The good news is, hiccups in a newborn is very common and usually quite harmless.
Hiccups in the womb?
The younger we are, the more likely we are to get hiccups. As we age, it is more unusual. Ironically, newborn hiccups happen as early as six weeks after conception. Babies are very likely to get hiccups afterwards, and get them fairly often. While it can be spooky to see your baby hiccup, there is absolutely no reason to be alarmed. This is a normal and quite funny thing to watch with a newborn. If the hiccups do not go away, then you should check with your doctor. Otherwise, simply know it is normal and healthy.
What causes newborn hiccups anyway?
Many things can cause newborn hiccups, but the most common thing is an irritation of the diaphragm. This is the muscle at the bottom of our chest that helps to push air in and out of our lungs. The hiccups have nothing at all to do with how well the baby is breathing, however. The diaphragm simply gets irritated by eating too quickly, or temperature changes, or any number of other benign situations. In newborn hiccups, the cause is usually related to how the baby is being fed.
How do I know when my newborn’s hiccups are serious?
If the newborn hiccups are causing the baby to have trouble eating, sleeping or causing them to be irritable, then you should consult your doctor. Also, if the hiccups persist and do not go away for longer than an hour or so, you should look into it. Also if the newborn hiccups are paired with spit up or bad coughing, you should follow up with your pediatrician. When in doubt, it is always best to make sure. Still, newborn hiccup medical problems are very rare indeed.
How can I help the newborn hiccups go away?
The first thing you should know is that you should never go by the old wive’s tales to solve your newborn’s hiccups. The sugar remedies and honey remedies are not advised for babies, and neither would startling them be a good idea of course.
That said, a good long bath can help to relax that diaphragm. Slowing down their feedings a bit can help and making sure to burp them completely. A nice. gentle back rub is always a good thing for a baby, and it also helps with newborn hiccups.