How to stop newborn baby hiccups in 5 easy steps?
Fact-checked by MFine | Last Updated : November 6th, 2019
Is a relentless case of hiccups making your baby cranky and fussy? Hiccups in your baby are typical, and useful parenting tips help you to be prepared for situations where your baby is crying. Here are our proven techniques on how to stop your newborn baby's hiccups in their tracks!
Hiccups are small contractions that happen in the diaphragm muscles and can happen to adults, children and newborn babies. There are multiple reasons why newborn baby hiccups and this includes eating or drinking too fast without chewing. At infancy, only a small amount of hydrochloric acid forms in the stomach which mean babies can only have a small uptake of food. If this process happens quickly, your baby will get hiccups. It may be difficult for parents to see their child suffer from hiccups but with these easy tricks, hiccups in newborn babies can be managed effectively. Also read our blog on The Ultimate Indian Baby Food Chart for 0-12 Months.Pro tips:
How to prevent hiccups in babies?
1.Burping after breastfeedingHiccups in newborn babies can be stopped by patting your baby on their back and then burping them right after a meal. Your baby could be hiccupping due to excess consumption of food, so it is a good idea to stop feeding them and burping them instead. Make sure your baby is in an upright position and pat them on the back gently. The excess gas pushing against the diaphragm will be released and your baby will stop hiccupping. Milk is not only a calcium-rich food but also contains a protein called casein that causes a thick milk compound that will aid the formation of healthy bones and teeth in newborns. However, milk descends to the stomach at a fast pace, which can cause hiccups. The key to this not happening is getting the breastfeeding position right. Position your newborn in a 30-45-degree angle while breastfeeding for a smooth flow of the milk into the oesophagus. This will reduce the pressure exerted onto the diaphragm. Try to take 3-minute breaks while breastfeeding to make sure that the milk passes into the stomach in a smooth manner. This is an excellent technique for parents wondering how to stop baby hiccups after feeding.
- Make sure your baby is relaxed before feeding.
- Keep them in an upright position instead of letting them sleep or laying them down. This will promote better digestion.
- Don’t let your baby indulge in any heavy energy activities such as bouncing right after feeding.