Babies get hiccups because they are extremely cute. Usually a little bottletime can help get rid of them. Not a very scientific answer but thats what I think when my little one gets them.
Usually babies swallow air during feeding, and if this swallowed air irritates the nerves of the diaphgram, then it results in hiccups. Dealing with hiccups is quite easy as it takes only few sucks of water from the tip of a soon.
infants and toddlers
parenting infants and toddlers
Typically it is from a change to the diaphram...like maybe how they were lying when they had their last bottle...or perhaps didn't get that really good burp out afterwards. Some are just more prone to them as adults are. No reason...they just are. You can't really do anything to help them. They just have to ride it out. Hiccups won't hurt them...it kind of freaks them out.
All 3 of my girls had the hiccups while I was carrying them. That was always a trip seeing my belly jump....I always felt sooo bad for them in there.
* Burp you baby, this is the first line of resistance in preventing baby hiccups. Remember, babies cannot burp on their own, so after a feeding, a few little pats on the back is required for babies.
* Dispense natural remedies such as Gripe Water if hiccups are problematic or not go away through other means. Gripe Water is sold at most drug stores and it is safe, natural and no side effects on babies.
* Place down your baby on his tummy and rub his back, sometimes this helps break up the air bubbles that are causing the hiccups.
* Hiccups may be caused by the baby swallowing too much air while feeding. If your baby starts to hiccup, check if he/she needs to be burped.
* If you are feeding your baby, try changing positions, and do not resume feeding until the hiccups have settle.
* In order to avoid too much air from being swallowed, baby care professionals also recommend experimenting with nipple sized of the bottle. The right size should release firm drops of milk when tilted, as opposed to a stream of milk, or none at all.
* If the baby has started eating solids, try a little bit of sugar on your finger or on the baby’s pacifier during feeding time.
* Check the nipple of the bottle to make sure it is the right size, when you turn the bottle upside down, the formula should come out as a drop. If it comes out in a stream or doesn’t drop at all, you need a different nipple. The right size nipple should reduce the frequency of hiccup.
* If your baby gets the hiccups repeatedly, or has hiccups that last the whole day, consult your doctor. Regular hiccups may be a sign of gastro esophageal reflux disease.
* Give your baby 1 -2 teaspoons of a water and anise seed mixture. Pour a cup-full of boiling water over one teaspoon of anise seeds. Take off 2 teaspoons of the mixture; make sure the mixture has cooled before giving it to your baby.
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