Childhood Diseases

Posted by: YANDISA | 2011-12-19


10 days old having hicups

Morning Doctor,

My baby has got hicups, she had them since birth and is now one week old. she is on formular, is this normal? , what can I give her to stop it

Expert's Reply



It is very common for newborn babies to have hiccups. There is no need to be concerned because hiccups will always clear up without any treatment. Sometimes it can take as long as 6 months for hiccups to disappear.The cause for hiccups being so common in newborn babies is not known.

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Posted by: MeToo | 2011-12-19

My baby had hiccups while I was pregnant A LOT and when she was younger. I found that she would get annoyed and sometimes if she hiccuped after eating, she vomited a bit.
My mom used to use dummies (pacifiers) to help us stop as babies. She would put a touch of glycerin on them to encourage us to swallow. The swallowing helped to stop the hiccups.
My doctor told me that you can also use just a drop of lemon juice. It will also encourage swallowing and lemons are NOT acidic. They are in fact ALKALINE unlike citrus fruits such as oranges. I tried lemon with my little one and, although it had no bad effects, it only helped sometimes. I found that drinking something usually helped my baby. You know like with adults how they tell you to drink a cup of water? I would feed my little one just a few ml of tea. NO MORE than 10ml at a time in a bottle. If she is STILL hiccuping, then maybe just hold her a bit. Tapping and rubbing softly on the back also helped my little one.
Good luck and YES, it might seem like she does it a lot now, but it will get better in time.

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