How Do You Relieve Infant Hiccups?


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Relieve hiccups in an infant by gently rubbing the baby's back, giving him a sip of water or allowing him to suck on something. Colic Calm advises against startling an infant or utilizing rough handling of the child to relieve hiccups.

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Hiccups in infants often occur when an infant is eating or excited. Caused by sudden contractions in the diaphragm, hiccups are believed by some to be a result of eating too quickly or a baby's body dropping in temperature. Though hiccups are considered harmless, if they begin to interfere with regular eating and sleeping, take your infant to see a doctor. Babies who experience GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) may have spit up with hiccups. Hiccups may be a sign of a more serious condition, so seek medical attention as soon as possible if frequent hiccupping causes concern.

If hiccups occur frequently, feed the baby before he becomes too hungry to keep him from eating too quickly. Another suggestion is to feed the infant when he is calm and quiet. Making the feeding process a calm and quiet experience helps prevent the infant from becoming excited or startled. Once hiccups begin, stop feeding the infant until the hiccups go away.

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