Of course you know what the hiccups are. But do you know the difference between regular hiccups and newborn hiccups? Let’s read the answers for all these questions right now:
What are the newborn hiccups?
Let’s explain what the newborn hiccups are by explaining what happens in your baby’s body in that moment. First he feels a contraction of the diaphragm, then his vocals are closed very quickly. These two steps when they happen in close succession cause the hiccup.
The interesting fact is that despite the hiccup being annoying for adults, it’s not such a big deal when it comes to babies. They can sleep peacefully when they are hiccuping. Also, the hiccups very rarely have any effect on the baby’s breathing.
Causes of the newborn hiccups
The causes of the newborn hiccups can be numerous. Generally, the main reason is some kind of stimulation of the diaphragm muscle. Very often it happens during the feeding of your baby but it could happen also without any obvious reason.
What to do to help your baby?
As we wrote before, the newborn hiccups aren’t dangerous for your baby and you don’t have to be afraid. The hiccups often last only a few minutes and not longer and go away on their own.
However, if it takes more than a few minutes and you can clearly see that it’s unpleasant for your baby, it’s useful to know the tips how to deal with it. Here they are:
Take a break from a feeding to burp. During the feeding of your baby, take a break and let him burp. The burping gets rid of the surplus gas you baby might have stored.
Give your baby a pacifier. If your baby is hiccuping any other time than during a feeding (for example in the crib), give him a pacifier. It could help relax your baby’s diaphragm.
Give him gripe water. Gripe water is the cure for colic and other intestinal discomforts but it can help with other troubles as well. The Water is made from ginger, fennel, chamomile or cinnamon but there can also be other herbs.