Hiccup Cures and Burping Techniques

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Wendy and Matt Swezey

know firsthand how to deal with a baby

with hiccups their six-month-old son

Wyatt has had hiccups off and on since

well before he was born when we came

home from the hospital it seemed seemed

he would have the hiccups on daily and

sometimes 10-15 minutes

other times I we saw him pick up from

one feeding to the next Peter

even though hiccups are not dangerous to

an infant they can still be upsetting

more so for the parents than the baby it

made me feel very uncomfortable

when Wyatt would get hiccups there was

nothing that I could do but just sit

there and watch his little tiny body

shake and it was very disturbing for me

I would sit up for hours and watched him

while he slept with hiccups because you

know as a new mother I didn't know if he

could choke or or something because he

got them quite frequently the question

is are they dangerous and the answer is

No are they annoying yes are they

frightening generally know unless they

lead to the baby spitting up or throwing

up and then then it becomes somewhat

annoying rather than anything that is

dangerous in adults and children alike

hiccups are caused by frequent

involuntary contractions of the

diaphragm muscle that sits below the

lungs what causes these contractions

nobody's really sure but there are a

whole host of theories including eating

too much too fast drinking carbonated

beverages swallowing air being startled

feeling stressed and even falling ill if

your baby is bottle fed you should also

check the nipple on your bottle a baby

may swallow too much air and hiccup if

the hole in the nipple is the wrong size

when you turn the bottle upside down you

should get a drip drip drip of formula

that gradually stops as a further

precaution some pediatricians suggest

using bottles that have disposable

plastic liners which allow you to

squeeze the air out before feeding they

also collapse as the baby drinks hoping


and the intake of air which can cause

painful gas practicing good burping

techniques can also help infants who get

hiccups frequently the first and most

common way to burp a baby is by holding

him upright with his head on your

shoulder while supporting his head and

back with one hand you gently Pat his

back with the other a second technique

is to sit the baby on your lap

supporting his chest and head with one

hand while patting his back with the

other a third technique is to lay the

baby on his stomach on your lap while

supporting his head so it's slightly

higher than his chest you gently Pat or

rotate your hand on his back regardless

of which technique you are using always

make sure to burp your infant after

every meal even if it takes a while to

get the aera it may be time consuming

and a bit frustrating but it will help

prevent hiccups and lessen the chance of

your baby spitting up

I do burp Wyatt after every meal and I

am religious about keeping him up for 20

minutes because he was a spitter when he

was a newborn and the doctor recommended

that we keep him up for 20 minutes after

each feeding

and even though he's a little bit older

I still do that

every baby is somewhat different and the

need to burp gets less as time goes on

because babies learn to swallow and suck

appropriately and know that when they

begin to swallow and suck they can take

these little breaths which allows it the

the amount of air that is necessary for

oxygenation and that changes this babies

go on and that is why what is present at

age 10 days is not going to be the same

that's it three or four weeks of age

even baby Wyatt is starting to come

around now that Wyatt is a little over

six months I have found that the hiccups

have reduced a lot

as babies grow and change so will their

eating habits when they're introduced to

solid foods for instance most children

will begin experiencing fewer and fewer

bouts of hiccuping and for most children

life will progress smoothly from there

despite the occasional hiccup