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Hiccup in babies is a common situation, especially in the first days after birth, and the mother's uterus can appear in the last days of pregnancy. The hiccup happens due to contractions of the diaphragm and respiratory muscles, as these are still very immature, and end up being stimulated or irritated easily.
Stimuli that usually cause hiccups are when the baby swallows a lot when breastfeeding, when the stomach is full or when he has reflux, for example, so to stop the hiccup, some tips are to put the baby to suck something or breastfeeding, realizing when the child has had enough breast milk and knowing when to stop or place him/her vertically, to make him/her burp, for example.
Thus, hiccup episodes are not usually a cause for concern, however, if they are intense enough to interfere with the baby's sleep or feeding, it is necessary to seek care from a pediatrician, for a more in-depth assessment of the possible causes and indication of treatment.
What to do to stop the hiccup
Some tips to stop the baby from hiccuping are:
- Putting the baby to breastfeed: this can be a good solution for the moment, if the time is right, as the act of sucking can decrease the diaphragm reflex;
- Observe the position at the time of feeding: keeping the baby with his head higher, reducing the chances that he will swallow air during suckling, can greatly reduce hiccups episodes. Check out some guidelines on the correct positions for breastfeeding;
- Taking breaks during feedings and putting the baby on its feet: this can be a good strategy if hiccups are common after breastfeeding, as this way the baby burps and reduces excess of gas in the stomach;
- Knowing when to stop: it is important to know when the baby has had enough food, as a very full stomach facilitates reflux episodes of diaphragm contractions;
- Putting in an upright position: in times of hiccup, if the baby has a full stomach, it is recommended to leave him in the burping position, standing up, as it facilitates the Gas out of the stomach;
- Warming the baby: the cold can also trigger hiccups, so whenever the temperature drops, it is recommended to keep the baby well wrapped and warm;
Usually with these measures, hiccups in babies go away on their own and do not need to be treated, as they do not pose any he alth risks, being just a little uncomfortable. However, homemade techniques such as frightening or shaking the baby should be avoided, as they have little effect and can be harmful to the child.
Baby's hiccup still in the belly
The baby's hiccup inside the belly can happen because he is still learning to breathe. In this way, during pregnancy, the baby's hiccup in the uterus can be felt by the pregnant woman or appear during ultrasound exams.
When to go to the pediatrician
It is recommended to consult the pediatrician when the baby has very frequent hiccups that prevent him from eating or sleeping, as it can be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux, which occurs when food returns from the stomach to the mouth. Learn more about reflux and how to treat it at: Reflux in babies.