In newborns up to the age of one year, hiccups usually occur very often. even actually hiccups can occur in infants since they are still in the womb.
Like adults, hiccups in infants occur due to a disturbance in the diaphragm that helps the muscles of the respiratory process.
In our baby, generally, hiccups are caused by too much or too fast food and swallow a lot of air.
In addition, hiccups can also be caused by changes in temperature in the baby's stomach.
When Baby Has Hiccups
If the baby has a hiccup, there are some steps you can do when your baby has this problem.
- Hold your child in a state of the upright for less than 20 minutes then shake his body slowly or rubbing his chest gently.
- When breastfeeding, try to tilt the bottle at a 45-degree angle so that the air rises to the bottom of the bottle. Breastfeed baby slowly or slightly but try in a portion that is quite often
- hold in lap the baby in an upright position while feeding. This will prevent/reduce the amount of air entering into the stomach
Keep holding your baby upright for 20 minutes after feeding. This is so that the air rises to the top of the stomach and reduce the pressure on the diaphragm so that your child can burp.
If hiccups still occur in infants, and you have tried some of the ways already mentioned above, try to feed them. If your baby is used to drinking water, then let him drink to help control the diaphragm.
Things to avoid when baby hiccups
Some myths are growing in society about how to cope with a hiccup.
For example, do not make the baby startled or scare while hiccuping. Similarly, never pull the baby's tongue or press against his forehead as he hiccups as this is very dangerous for the baby.
Giving breathing is also one of the things that are wrong and should not be done. then avoid putting a damp cloth on the baby's forehead as this does not help.
The best way is to wait for the baby hiccups to stop by themselves.
Beware of continuous hiccups
Parents should pay attention to their baby with hiccups, if hiccups occur continuously, there is the possibility that this is an indication of a baby suffering from gastroesophageal reflux, which is due to the backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus. besides that, there are some symptoms of infants suffering from reflux ie
- Pain after eating and vomiting
- Babies often cry
- Often warps the back excessively after or after eating
- Spit out and drool more often
If the parents find the above symptoms it is better to bring your baby to the hospital immediately.
Hiccups in Baby will decrease as the baby grows so that mothers do not have to worry and over-respond and do not do the same