Hiccups are common in infants under one year of age and as the baby grows, they generally tend to go away of their own accord. Hiccups cause more alarm and anxiety to parents than discomfort to babies.
Sudden contractions of the diaphragm that occur due to irritation or stimulation of the diaphragm muscle cause hiccups. Babies also have hiccups when they are in the mother’s womb and are thus, used to the sensation.
In the first twenty-four hours of their life, it is quite normal for a baby to have hiccups and to bring up a little of their feed. This causes no discomfort to them and is not a cause for worry. Older babies up to one years of age also tend to hiccup. A number of factors can trigger hiccups such as:
American Academy of Paediatrics recommends some simple steps to help your baby, if hiccups happen to occur during feeding.
For older babies who have started semi-solid foods, the frequency and intensity of hiccups can be decreased by taking certain precautions, including:
Hiccups generally tend to disappear by themselves as babies grow. Consult your doctor on a priority basis if you notice any of the following symptoms:
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