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Almost all babies get hiccups, and for the most part, they’re harmless. But if your baby’s hiccups are frequent or bothersome, here are a few tips to help get rid of them. First, try feeding your baby more frequently. If that doesn’t work, try burping your baby more often. And finally, if neither of those methods works, you can try giving your baby a little sugar water to drink.

Why do babies get hiccups in the first place?

Studies have shown that hiccups are caused by an irritation of the diaphragm, which is the muscle responsible for breathing. When you get hiccups, it means your diaphragm is contracting involuntarily. Some babies get hiccups often because they swallow a lot of air when they eat, which causes the diaphragm to contract.

When your baby eats, make sure they are in a more upright position; this will help them swallow less air when they eat. If you burp your baby often during feedings, it can also help minimize their intake of air.

Are Hiccups signs of GERDs?

Hiccups are usually not a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) but there are known associations between chronic hiccups and GERD. While babies can get GERD if their parents suffer from it, this is very rare.

Below are some tips to get rid of baby hiccups:

  1. Feed your baby more frequently: If you feed your baby more frequently, it may help to burp him or her after each feeding.
  2. Give gripe water: Gripe water usually contains sodium bicarbonate, ginger extract, chamomile extract and fennel extract. These ingredients assist in calming the digestive tract by soothing the stomach.
  3. Burp baby more frequently: If your baby is hungry after feedings, this may indicate that he or she is gulping air while feeding. To prevent this, try to burp your baby every few minutes while he or she is feeding.
  4. Give sugar water: Sugar water can soothe the digestive tract and will help to reduce spasms in an upset stomach. Mix 2 teaspoons of white table sugar with 1 ounce of water; let the mixture sit until all of the sugar dissolves. Then, give your baby 1 teaspoon of this mixture to drink. You can give your baby several teaspoons of table sugar dissolved in warm water. Don’t worry if your baby vomits after consuming sugar water; it is common.
  5. Soothe digestive tract: The ingredients in gripe water are meant to reduce spasms in the stomach, which will help to calm an upset tummy. Try giving your baby gripe water before feeding him or her or after he or she wakes up from a nap.
  6. Change feeding positions: Sometimes a baby’s hiccups will go away if you change his or her feeding position. For example, you can try feeding your baby lying down. Also, you can try using a different nipple for your baby’s bottle to see if the switch helps get rid of the hiccups.
  7. Give pacifier: You can also try giving your baby a pacifier for about 20 minutes after feedings, or when he or she wakes up from a nap. If your baby has gas, this may help relieve it and stop the hiccups.
  8. Rub your baby’s back: Another way to soothe your baby and get rid of his or her hiccups is by rubbing the baby’s back after feedings.
  9. Give baby a bath: A warm bath can also help ease gas pains that often result in hiccups, as well as keep your baby cool during hot weather. If you think your baby has an upset stomach or is suffering from gas, you can also try giving him or her a warm bath before feedings.
  10. Hold your baby upright: Sometimes it may help to hold your baby upright during and after feedings because this position makes it easier for air to escape from the stomach.
  11. Change formula: You may want to switch your baby’s formula if you haven’t done so already. Try using a low-iron formula to see if it helps get rid of the hiccups.
  12. If your baby is 6 months or older, try giving him or her an herbal supplement which can help diminish the number of hiccups he or she has. Chamomile is one of the most popular herbs for this purpose. You can give your baby 1 teaspoon of the supplement 3 times per day. If you are not comfortable giving your baby herbal supplements, you can try giving him or her chamomile tea instead. It is best to consult with a pediatrician before giving your infant any kind of supplement or herbal remedies.

When to see the doctor:

If your baby hiccups for more than 12 hours, call the doctor to see what he or she recommends. For babies younger than 2 months old, these episodes of hiccupping may be due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If this is the case, it may be necessary to give your baby medications prescribed by the doctor to help get rid of the hiccups.

Also, if your baby has chronic or severe bouts of hiccups that last for a few days, call his or her pediatrician right away. In most cases, these episodes will go away on their own after a few days and don’t require any medical attention. However, your baby may need to be seen by a doctor if his or her hiccups are accompanied by other symptoms, such as vomiting, fever, lethargy, pale skin color, sweating, difficulty breathing, irritability and restlessness.

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