Hiccups in newborn babies are a common and generally harmless occurrence. They often happen and are not typically a cause for concern. Here are some tips on how to handle hiccups in a newborn:
Remember that hiccups in newborns are normal and usually resolve on their own. There’s no need to panic.
Make sure your baby is in a comfortable and safe position. You can hold your baby upright or place them in a slightly inclined position during and after feeding.
Sometimes, hiccups can be triggered by air swallowed during feeding. Ensure that your baby is latching properly during breastfeeding and that the bottle nipple is not too fast, causing your baby to gulp air.
Burping your baby after a feed can help release trapped air and reduce the chances of hiccups.
Some babies may find relief from hiccups by using a pacifier. The sucking motion can help stimulate the vagus nerve and stop the hiccup reflex.
Gently patting your baby’s back or rubbing their back can sometimes help stop hiccups.
Sometimes, engaging your baby in a brief activity or providing a change in their environment can help divert their attention and stop the hiccups.
Overfeeding can increase the chances of hiccups. Follow your baby’s cues for hunger and avoid trying to feed them more than necessary.
Wait It Out:
In most cases, hiccups in newborns go away on their own within a few minutes. There’s usually no need to intervene if your baby is otherwise comfortable and content.
Consult a Pediatrician:
If your baby’s hiccups are frequent, persistent, or seem to cause them discomfort, it’s a good idea to consult your pediatrician for advice and to rule out any underlying issues.
Remember that hiccups in newborns are a common occurrence and are not usually a sign of a serious medical problem. However, if you have any concerns about your baby’s hiccups or their overall health, it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional for guidance and reassurance.