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’s and disrupt sleep and feedings. Here are some tips to help you ease your baby’s hiccups:
Hiccups can be triggered by eating too fast, as the stomach quickly distends it can irritate the diaphragm. Try slowing down how quickly baby eats by breaking up 1 long feeding into 2 shorter feedings. It can also help to make sure baby is calm before the feeding begins. A small back rub and/or eating with minimal distractions can help to achieve this.
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.
In a recent poll we found that 7% of moms buy Mommy’s Bliss gripe water to treat hiccups. So if the hiccups don’t subside after a few minutes and are disrupting sleep or feeding a little gripe water just may do the trick.
If you are concerned that your baby is getting hiccups too often or that it could be something more serious like reflux bring these concerns up to your doctor. Your baby’s hiccups should decrease in frequency as he or she gets older.