8 Jun 2022 | 2 min Read
Dr Rahul Jaiswal
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The quick closing of the vocal cord and contraction of the diaphragm leads to hiccups. Experts haven’t been able to identify the exact reason for hiccups in babies but it’s quite understandable that these hiccups bother the babies especially while feeding.
A few reasons why babies experience hiccups include gulping of air while feeding, overfeeding feeding, gas, or acid reflux. Additionally, a few babies also experience hiccups when their tummy is full.
Where most babies get hiccups during or after feeding here are 3 simple ways to prevent it.
· Make sure your baby is calm
Once you get used to your baby’s feeding schedules do not wait for the baby to start getting fussy due to hunger. Always make sure that your little one is calm during feeding hours.
· Allow your baby to settle down after feeding
After feeding your baby make sure you avoid heavy activities like bouncing, jumping, running, or any high energy-consuming play immediately.
· Position your baby well
Always make sure that your baby is in an upright position while feeding. Putting your baby in a prone position post feed also helps prevent hiccups. Once fed try making your baby sit upright with the support of a few pillows for about 15-20 mins.
Even if the reason behind hiccups isn’t known it’s always better to take precautionary measures to avoid any kind of discomfort caused to the baby.
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