As early as when babies are still inside their mother’s womb, babies are already experiencing hiccups and as he gets older, the lesser it may occur. Hiccups happen when there is contractions in the baby’s diaphram caused by irritation or stimulation of the muscle. The air is forced out through vocal chord, thus creating a hiccuping sounds. It may be a little uncomfortable for adults but that is not the same case when it comes to babies. Parents should know about the natural occurance of it but rest assured it is nothing to be very concerned about. Let us discuss the causes of this and how to cure or prevent it.
Factors that May Have Caused Hiccups in Infants
Although it is not something to worry about, it is only right that we, as parents, should educate ourselves too about the things that are happening to our little one. Though it is not proven yet as to what is the real purpose of the occurance of hiccups, it is said that some factors may have caused it such as too much air in the stomach, overfeeding, quick swallowing of food, and not burping the baby after eating. These things causes the stomach to expand, thus creating contractions to diaphram and leading to hiccups.
How to Stop and Prevent Hiccups
When the baby is experiencing hiccups and we feel uneasy just watching him go through it, you can try to let your baby latch on you (if you are breastfeeding). His latching may relax or soothe him. If you are not breastfeeding him, try to use pacifier for him to suck on. If it occurs in the middle of feeding, try to take a break and burp him up. You may also try patting and rubbing his back to comfort him and make him relax.
Although hiccups is naturally unpreventable, since you already know the factors that may cause it, what you can do is try and avoid them so that it will not trigger spasm and hiccups. Example, to avoid having too much gas or air in the tummy, make sure to properly burp your baby.
When to Consult a Doctor?
Hiccups naturally lasts for a few minutes and causes no discomfort to baby. If it lasts for a little too long for a lot of times already and may have seemed to cause distress to the little one, or when your baby often spits up his food and may seem to be fussy and irritable, you can bring that up to your doctor to ease your mind and just to make sure that everything is alright.
It is normal for parents to get worried with every single detail when it comes to our children. Remind yourself that its never wrong to take chances, read articles, do some research and try our best to protect our precious little one.