Do not be alarmed if the baby often hiccups. Infants begin to hiccup even in the womb with different frequency and frequency. The muscle of the diaphragm in infants is weak, so it contracts from any irritant. Hiccups are not a reason for panic, but if it continues uninterruptedly, then this is an occasion for contacting a specialist.
Causes of hiccups in infants
The reasons why babies often hiccup for a long time are many. To a greater extent, they are associated with physiological and neurological phenomena.
1. A common neurosis caused by fetal hypoxia during fetal development is one such phenomenon. Sensitive and excitable babies suffer from hiccups from various irritants: loud sound, bright light, sudden movement, as well as from people and objects that can cause fear and excitement.
2. Overeating, swallowing air, squeezing the diaphragm and hypothermia also cause hiccups in infants. For example, bloating helps to stretch the walls of the stomach and intestines. Therefore, the septum between the peritoneum and sternum begins to contract.
What to do with hiccups in infants?
If the cause of the contractions of the diaphragm is known, then it must be eliminated immediately. If the baby is frozen, it needs to be warmed and given to drink with warm water or milk, even if it is not hungry. After feeding the baby, you need to swear in a column so that the swallowed air bubbles during sucking come out: in no case should the baby who has finished the meal be laid horizontally. You need to learn how to apply the baby to the chest correctly: the natural ingestion of the nipple will avoid contractions of the diaphragm. In such simple ways, you can eliminate or prevent the fact that the baby often hiccups.