Why does baby hiccup?

Why do babies often hiccup?

An easy jump abdomen and chestwhich is repeated, accompanied by a little noise Trait (the famous “problem”): Your baby is still hiccupping and you’re wondering. Is it a simple inconvenience or a minor health or digestive issue? For the pediatrician Philippe Grandsenne, author among others of baby tell me who you are (Marabout), this is a more mechanical cause, mostly related to theimmaturity of the digestive system of the child whose pediatrician gives a statement:

“Hiccups result from irritation of the vagus nerve, which innervates the diaphragm and runs behind the esophagus. At this age, any little irritation, any stimulation, whatever it may be, can lead to a contraction of the diaphragm, a spasm and, as a result, hiccups. »

On the other hand, this has nothing to do with the grandmother’s saying “hiccups, baby, healthy baby”. Hiccups are just normal. As for the little “hiccups,” it’s caused by closure of the glottis with every cramp.

Already present in the womb of the pregnant woman: when the fetus hiccups

A phenomenon that is not new for the newborn either, since the hiccups already exist present in the uterus, or in the womb, from the 20th week of pregnancy, when the fetus swallows amniotic fluid. Baby is used to it! And his mother often identifies these small outbursts, which are very different from baby movements.

Does the baby’s diet play a role in the occurrence of hiccups?

Rest assured, it is not the food itself or the milk you offer that is involved in causing the hiccups to occur. A baby will experience this phenomenon whether they are breastfed or bottle fed. “Even if the bottle can cause it excess air, depending on the speed of the pacifier, and thus a little stretching before burping and a little more hiccups,” the pediatrician recognizes. Nothing serious there either.

But the stimulation or irritation of the diaphragm of the newborn can also be promoted through a heavy meal of the baby, for example, if the amount of milk increases the volume of the stomach – or due to a meal that is too fast or even during a meal position change. And even if the baby is sober, outside of meals, for example if it is too stimulated. The possibilities are manifold.

First of all for the pediatrician, avoid being afraid to the child or try to surprise it. “It’s useless except to frighten the child, and most importantly, it it does not work… Like all the pseudo-techniques we use as adults: cut off breath (we certainly don’t plug babies’ noses!), drink water with your head down, what nonsense…”, insists the pediatrician. Contrary to popular belief, there really aren’t any techniques to stop a hiccup attack. Either way, the hiccup should Self-stop within 30 minutes.

How to calm baby?

On the other hand, it is possible and advisable to give the baby a bottle of water or some milk to calm the spasms by swallowing. But also rocking him gently to give him comfort, even patting his back gently.

Can I leave my baby if he has the hiccups?

There are no contraindication putting their child down or letting them lie down when they hiccup. This is also a phenomenon that can regularly occur when lying down: in this position, the volume of the stomach comes back mechanically squeeze the diaphragm. However, since hiccups are harmless, this is not a problem. Just like belching. It’s also not uncommon to find out that baby makes his little life as if nothing had happened, hiccups or not.

Is it bad if the baby hiccups? Should I seek advice?

For the pediatrician, the question does not arise in this sense: The hiccups themselves do not pose any danger. A medical or emergency consultation is not necessarily justified based on this sole observation.

Still, parents are the first observers of their child’s well-being. If certain signs worry the mother or parents, such as B. Hiccups that come back far too oftenor exaggerated, it always is useful to talk about with his doctor during a consultation.

In addition, “if the hiccup accompanies other symptoms, especially stomach pain, colic, reflux, vomiting … and the fact that one can fear gastroesophageal reflux, for example, is definitely justifiable when taking stock,” emphasizes the pediatrician. In this case, the problem is not the hiccups themselves, but a situation of which the hiccups would only be a symptom.

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