Your precious baby has hiccups. You wonder if this is normal, should I worry? Hiccups are mostly caused by the irritation to the diaphragm, this is the muscle located at the base of the lungs. When this muscle starts to spasm or cramp, this causes the vocal cords to clamp shut, creating a sound known as hic!!
What do you know about hiccups in newborns?
- If babies over feed or gulp air during feeding that can cause the stomach to expand and rub against the diaphragm causing hiccups.
- Feed your baby in a more upright position.
- Prop your baby head in more of an upright position. Propping head up on a pillow so they are not lying flat may help take less air at mealtime
- Burp the baby
- Use a pacifier
- Use gripe water (Gripe water is an over-the-counter liquid supplement of sodium bicarbonate and herbs (like fennel, ginger, chamomile, dill, lemon balm or peppermint, depending on the formula).
- If coughing, spitting up, irritable and crying, arching the back especially during or after feeding, seek medical help or call your pediatrician
Welcome to the world of Motherhood!!