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Newborn hiccups

There are many misconceptions related to newborn hiccups. It is assumed that these are due to indigestion or if the stomach is full. It is important to understand why hiccups are experienced.

Hiccups are very common and happen suddenly. When the diaphragm is contracted irregularly, the air gets into the windpipe. Due to this, the vocal chords get blocked for a fraction and produce the sound “hic”. Diaphragm is a large muscle and it is present on the stomach and under the lungs and it is involved in breathing.

Newborn hiccups
Newborn hiccups

Hiccups are experienced by all of us during our lifetime and we experience it suddenly and it can happen any time. Newborn hiccups are of concern to everyone as they are not sure what can be the reason and how it can be avoided. The newborns are more prone to hiccups than the children or adults. Hiccups can be common for some and some might not even experience them often. Hiccups for a long time can cause some serious problems.

Newborn hiccups are very common and the baby starts hiccupping even before they are born. The new mother will be able to make out if the baby is hiccupping. According to a theory, if the baby hiccups in the womb, it means that it is preparing its lungs for outer world.

Newborn hiccups are seen often when the child is born and slowly reduces as the child grows and it decreases by the age of 9 months. There have been many theories which give a reason for newborn hiccups. Usually hiccups are seen after eating.

It has been suggested that newborn hiccups may happen due to the pressure which gets applied on the diaphragm of the baby due to full stomach. It has also been mentioned that it may also happen because of the air swallowed by the child during the breast feeding. And sometimes, the reason is unknown.

Parents concerned about the fact if the newborn hiccups are dangerous, then they are not. It is not a reason for the parents to worry about. It happens due to the contraction of the muscle and not due to any stress or stomach ache.

It is recommended to notice the time when the newborn hiccups start. They usually stop within 10 minutes and if they don’t, it is advisable to see a doctor.

If the baby has been hiccupping a lot, then there is a way to reduce the number of times it happens. It is advised to go slow on feeding and make sure breaks are given for the child to burp. If the baby starts hiccupping still, the burps won’t help anymore.

The parents who are worried about how to stop the newborn hiccups; there is no way to stop them once they start. Some drinks, like water or breast milk might help at times. However, this cannot be guaranteed and there is no reason to worry as this will stop by itself and doesn’t cause any stress to the baby.

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