Hiccups are caused by sudden contractions of the diaphragm, they are harmless and are usually not a sign of a larger health issue hiccups can be a nuisance for baby and disrupt sleep and feedings. Here are some things you can try at home to stop baby’s hiccups:
If you are breastfeeding and it is time for a feeding, nursing can help calm baby’s diaphragm and stop the hiccups.
If baby takes a pacifier, try offering it to them; the sucking motion can help to relieve hiccups.
If your child takes in too much air as they eat, their stomach can also distend too quickly and trigger hiccups. Try burping baby in the middle of the feeding or adjusting their position (30 or 45 degree angle) so that they are taking in less air.
If hiccups are making baby uncomfortable try distracting them with toys or a book until the hiccups subside.
If you are concerned that your baby is getting hiccups too often or that it could be something more serious such as reflux; discuss these concerns with your doctor.