3 helpful tips to a natural management of hiccups in babies
Not all babies have hiccups, but many have it. Some of us are more exposed to this physical problem. If your baby is likely to hiccup, take a moment to learn more about the science behind hiccups, and learn if there are any risks.
Causes of hiccups
The hiccup is due to a sudden and involuntary spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm. It occurs when the stomach, filled with air or liquid, expands. This causes the stretching of the nerve that controls the diaphragm and causes a kind of “disturbance” of this muscle. The diaphragm contracts in an uncontrolled and repetitive manner, causing vibration of the vocal cords. The guttural sound characteristic of hiccups is caused by the abrupt closure of the glottis following each spasm.
How to calm baby’s hiccups
The hiccups in babies is painless and it disappears on its own. So you have to be patient. Nevertheless, if it continues, this phenomenon can annoy your baby. Hiccup sometimes appears when your child is too stimulated or excited.
1) To calm him, take him in your arms, walk him by patting his back, rock him.
2) You can possibly give her pure water, sweet water or breastfeeding according to her age.
3) There are also homeopathic remedies for hiccups, including for infants. Ask your pediatrician.
4) Hiccups may also appear after the meal. Do not hesitate to take your baby on your lap for about 20 minutes after feeding.
5) To avoid hiccups, you can also sequence more meals, give smaller amounts of food, but more often.
6) If you give him bottle, make him burp every two or three minutes.
Hiccup and regurgitation
Your baby may have hiccups after a meal or after regurgitation. In many cases, it is a reflux, quite common among toddlers. And for good reason, at this stage of development, the muscular valve located at the end of the esophagus, which helps to keep the food in the stomach, is not yet mature. Once the stomach is full, the food and the acid content can rise. Although reflux and hiccups are common in babies, do not hesitate to talk to your pediatrician if they become too important.