Hiccups In Newborns – A Normal Nuisance

Newborns get hiccups at regular intervals. In fact, they hiccup more often than any infant or adult. Getting excited may trigger hiccups in newborns. However, there are instances when they get hiccups right after every feed. Probably, what causes hiccups in newborns to occur very often is the relative immaturity of their internal organs, and doctors insist that frequent hiccups in newborns are just normal, so they need not any medical intervention. They may come back more often, but like hiccups in adults, hiccups in newborns resolve on their own after a few minutes.

In adults, when hiccups become persistent, doctor’s intervention is possibly necessary. It is because hiccups in such case might have possible association with serious illnesses, such as diabetes, pneumonia, multiple sclerosis, stroke, tumors, metabolic disorders, meningitis, to name a few. On the other hand, it is not unusual at all that a newborn hiccups persistently. Hence, there is no need to see a doctor so long as the hiccups do not interfere with the newborn’s sleep and feeding.

When it comes to hiccup treatments, adults have invented way too many methods for their own hiccups. One of the most popular is to drink plenty of water until the hiccup is gone. This method is, however, outright impossible to employ with hiccups in newborns because they are too young to force to do so. You can, however, offer them some breast milk or formula, which often does the trick. Many adults also think that breathing methods are effective hiccup treatments, such as breathing into a paper bag, alternating breathing pattern, or holding one’s breath for a few seconds. Again, these methods are impossible to employ plus too unsafe to newborns. Adults are likewise fond of consuming particular food in arresting hiccups, like eating sugar or a spoonful of honey, a banana, or peanut butter, or drinking vinegar, to name a few. While it may not be impossible to feed newborns or babies, they should not be given solid food at such young age.

Generally, the best solution to a hiccuping newborn is to offer some breast milk. Often, this will clear the hiccups immediately. A bottle will of course work too, but is not as convenient as a solution, if your baby is not otherwise due a feed. Otherwise, it’s simply a matter of waiting until they pass. Generally babies are not bothered by hiccups, though they can make sleep difficult, and in fact one of my children used to wake herself up by hiccuping, as she would get them virtually everytime we lay her down on her back.

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