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Hiccups in infants can be common and harmless, but they can also be a source of concern for new parents. Understanding the causes of hiccups in infants and the most effective natural treatments can help soothe your little one and ease your worries.
Here, I’ll explore everything you need to know about hiccups in infants and how to treat them.
Causes of Hiccups in Infants
Hiccups in infants occur when the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest and abdomen, contracts
suddenly. This contraction can cause the air to rush into the lungs, causing the characteristic “hic” sound. Hiccups in infants can be caused by a variety of factors, including overfeeding, swallowing air, and sudden temperature changes. Hiccups in infants can be caused by several factors,
Infants often swallow air when they are feeding, which can cause hiccups. This can be especially true if they are drinking from a bottle, as the flow of milk can cause them to swallow air.
Overfeeding can cause the stomach to stretch, which can trigger the diaphragm to contract and cause hiccups.
Infants with gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) can experience hiccups as a symptom of the condition.
Hiccups can also be caused by irritation of the diaphragm, such as from a recent vaccination or infection.
Maturity of the nervous system
Hiccups in infants can also be caused by the immaturity of their nervous system. As the nervous system matures, hiccups should become less frequent.
Excitement or sudden temperature changes can also cause hiccups in infants.
👉A few more potential causes of hiccups in infants:
Nervous system issues
In some cases, hiccups can be caused by issues with the nervous system, such as a nerve that controls the diaphragm being damaged or not functioning properly.
Certain metabolic imbalances, such as low blood sugar levels, can also cause hiccups in infants.
Infants who have undergone surgery or received general anesthesia may experience hiccups as a side effect.
Certain medications, such as opiates, can cause hiccups as a side effect.
In rare cases, hiccups can be a symptom of a neurological condition, such as a brain tumor or a spinal cord injury.
Treatment /Remedies of Hiccups in Infants
There are several effective treatments for hiccups in infants that you can try at home. These include burping your baby after feeding, changing the baby’s position, offering a pacifier, and giving your baby a rest period after feeding. You can also try gently rubbing your baby’s back or giving them a warm bath to soothe their hiccups.
Luckily, several natural remedies can help soothe hiccups in infants, without the use of medication.
Here, I will share with you some of the most effective natural remedies for hiccups in infants.
Burping your baby after feeding can help release any trapped air that may be causing hiccups.
Changing your baby’s position can help release any trapped air and soothe hiccups. Try holding your baby in an upright position or laying him/her on his/her belly.
Offering your baby a pacifier can help soothe the baby’s hiccups, as it can calm the diaphragm.
Giving your baby a warm bath can help relax his/her muscles, including the diaphragm, and soothe the hiccups.
Use of Sugar
A small spoonful of sugar placed on the tongue can help stimulate the vagus nerve, which can stop hiccups.
Use of Gripe water
The use of Gripe water, a natural remedy for digestive issues, can also help soothe hiccups in infants.
Fennel seeds water
Boil a teaspoon of fennel seeds in a cup of water, and then strain the liquid. Give one teaspoon of the cooled liquid to your baby. Fennel seeds have natural antispasmodic properties, which can help soothe the diaphragm and stop hiccups.
Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties, and it can also help soothe the digestive system. Boil a small piece of ginger in a cup of water, and then strain the liquid. Give half a teaspoon of the lukewarm ginger tea to your baby.
Taking a break from feeding
If your baby is hiccuping during a feeding, take a break from feeding and hold your baby upright for a few minutes.
This can help the trapped air escape and stop the hiccups.
Gently massaging your baby’s belly can help soothe the muscles and stop the hiccups.
Dissolve a teaspoon of sugar in a small amount of water, and then give it to your baby to suck on. The sugar can stimulate the nerves in the throat and help stop the hiccups.
Applying gentle pressure to the diaphragm by laying your baby on the belly of your baby and gently pressing down on his/her back can help stop the hiccups.
Playing soft white noise, such as a fan or a vacuum cleaner, can help your baby to stop the hiccups.
A little excitement
Sometimes, a little excitement can be enough to stop hiccups in infants. Try tickling your baby’s feet or blowing gently on their face to distract them and stop their hiccups.
Let it run its course
Hiccups in infants are usually harmless and go away on their own. If your baby’s hiccups are not bothering them, and they are not in distress, it’s okay to simply let them run their course.
It’s important to remember that hiccups are often a normal and harmless occurrence in infants and that the causes can vary from baby to baby. but understanding their causes and the most effective treatments can help soothe your little one. Whether you try burping, changing position, offering a pacifier, or trying one of the other treatments listed above, you can be sure that you’re providing the best care for your baby. With this information, you can feel more confident in caring for your little one and addressing any hiccup-related concerns.
If you have any concerns or if the hiccups persist for an extended period, it’s always best to consult with your doctor.