Remedies for Infant Hiccups

Remedies for Infant Hiccups

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:

Mom holding sleepy baby with pacifierNurse Them

If you are breastfeeding and it is time for a feeding, nursing can help calm baby’s diaphragm and stop the hiccups.

Offer Pacifier

If baby takes a pacifier, try offering it to them; the sucking motion can help to relieve hiccups.

Burp Baby

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.

Gripe Water

Gripe water may help with hiccups*.  In a survey  7% of moms said they purchased Mommy’s Bliss gripe water for hiccups.

Distract Them

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.

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