How to Get Rid of Baby Hiccups: What you Need to Do

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Learning how to get rid of baby hiccups is challenging and downright frustrating at times. Baby hiccups happen all the time, and it may cause your baby discomfort.

Let's be honest, who enjoys hiccups? Anyone? I didn't think so. They're a pain in the butt, but there are some simple and straightforward ways to cure them.

If you think you need to hold your baby upside down, don't worry, I won't suggest that one.

Here We Go Again: Cause and Effect

To figure out how to get rid of baby hiccups, you should understand how they happen in the first place. Baby hiccups start inside the mother's womb, and some mothers feel their baby hiccup throughout the pregnancy.

Hiccups occur when the diaphragm gets irritated. This issue can happen after eating or drinking too fast or a prolonged period of crying. When the baby's belly expands, it irritates the diaphragm. The end result is a spasm that produces the hiccuping sound.

As a concerned parent, you might wonder if hiccups are dangerous?

Baby hiccups are harmless, so you have nothing to worry about. Some babies don't even recognize them, so they don't get disturbed at all by hiccups. I've also seen babies that can sleep through a bout of hiccups.

I wish I could.

How to Get Rid of Baby Hiccups: End the Madness!

Now that you understand the causes, it's time to learn how to get rid of baby hiccups. These tricks are not exclusive, and you might find something that works much better than the methods listed here.

Burp break

Since hiccups occur most of the time during feeding, stopping to burp is often a great solution. Burping eliminates excess gas in the body, which can reduce the expansion of your baby's stomach. The end result is a remedy for their hiccups.

Change of position

Pay attention to when your baby hiccups most often. If there is a particular position that irritates them and causes them to get hiccups, you might want to avoid it. Test out different ways of feeding your baby to see what produces the best results.

Make sure your baby always has comfortable clothes on during feeding, as well.

If you're breastfeeding this is, of course, a bit difficult, but play around with it and see what happens. It's always best to feed your baby as upright as possible to prevent hiccups.

Gripe water

Gripe water was a saving grace with my son, who was colicky. He always had bad gas, which led to quite a few hiccup fits. While he didn't get upset about the hiccups, it certainly didn't help his already temperamental mood.

There are many different types of herbs in gripe water, like ginger and chamomile, so it's useful for soothing a challenging baby.

I would recommend talking to your pediatrician if you feel your baby's hiccups are a problem. For example, if they are upset during the hiccuping, or you think that something is off during or after the hiccup fits. Be sure to also consult the doctor about giving them gripe water because they could provide you with a better solution.

Keeping the Hiccups Away

Learning how to get rid of baby hiccups is difficult, but you can do a few things to try and keep them away for good. The best way to prevent hiccups is to feed your baby when they are calm. If you try to feed them when they are already crying or upset, chances are they may eat too fast.

You also want to avoid playing immediately after a meal. This factor seems obvious, but some new parents may overlook it. Don't bounce your baby around after a meal or do anything that induces too much movement. Too much movement may lead to you cleaning up their new clothes. 

Lastly, as mentioned before, keeping your baby as upright as possible during mealtime is the best way to ensure they never get hiccups. The upright position helps them to eat at a normal and natural speed, which reduces the chances of them getting hiccups.

Until Next Time

Now that you know how to get rid of baby hiccups, we should move onto adult hiccups, right? That's a whole different animal to tackle on a different day.

You're making a great parenting decision by looking into hiccuping to make sure your baby is OK. Rest assured knowing that hiccups are rarely a problem, but these methods will help you cure and prevent them.

Drop us a comment and let us know if any of these tips worked for you. Enlighten the readers by letting them know which one works best! Good luck!

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