Hiccups are something that can happen with everyone. It is usually nothing to worry.

Hiccups happen when a sudden force of an air hits the vocal cords. In response, the vocal cords close quickly, making the “hiccup” sound. It is normal for babies to have them from time to time. In fact, some of them have it before they are born – in mother’s womb.

There are few things, which you can do to prevent them or make your baby feel comfortable:

  • Burp your baby.

Take a break from feeding and burp your baby. It can get rid of excess gas that may be causing the hiccups. It is a good idea to burp breastfeeding baby while changing the breast and for bottle-fed babies- not only after feeding, but also periodically during the feeding.

  • Give a pacifier.

Sucking a pacifier may stop hiccupping, because it soothes a baby and relaxes the diaphragm.

  • Give gripe water.

Gripe water is a combination of water and herbs. It helps with stomach problems and colic. Because of stomach is responsible for hiccups, gripe water may help to stop it.

  • Rub the baby’s back.

Try rubbing your baby’s back in a circular motion to relax your newborn. It may stop the spasm that cause the hiccups.

  • Just wait.

More often, your baby’s hiccups will stop on its own. If they are not bothering you, just wait. If it does not stop on its own, call your doctor. Because hiccups may be a sign of other medical issues.

It is important to know that traditional hiccup cures do not work for infants.  Such as:

  • Pulling the tongue
  • Making a person jump
  • Startle the baby

It is not a good idea to do all of these. It could be dangerous and are unlikely to stop the hiccups in babies.

In general, hiccups are normal for babies. If it is frequent and it causes distress or other symptoms – contact your doctor.  

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