How do you help a hiccupping baby?
You try to burp the baby. Either put the baby directly under
your shoulder with their head on the top of your shoulder, and
gently pat their back. You can also sit down and lay your child,
stomach side down, on your thighs. Make sure their head is
supported but their legs can hang down. When patting their back,
start from the bottom and work your way up to between their
shoulder blades. Tap about 5 times at time as you're working your
way up. Expect your child to spit up sometimes, as this is normal.
A little drop of gripe water also works very well for hiccups that
are not stopping. IF YOUR NEWBORN is a voracious eater (drinker)
whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding, try to slow them down with
short breaks periodically. Sometime, drinking quickly and/or
getting to much air may cause hiccuping. Also take short breaks and
"burp" them frequently.
Giving the baby any fluids is not advised. Hiccups are usually
caused by spasms. In layman's terms hiccups stop the breathing
wherein there is a sudden involuntary opening and closing of
epiglotis, the flap covering the airway passage and esophagus.
Infants are not as aware of swallowing as we are. Giving fluids to
infants may cause aspiration wherein fluids could enter the airway
instead of esophagus and go into the lungs.. (see aspiration
pneumonia..) In short, giving fluids to infants may cause