Have you experienced having a period while pregnant? How about having a period while lactating? If your answer to these questions are no, then perhaps you will say yes if I will ask you if you have experienced dealing with conditions such as newborn hiccups. These are just some of the common problems mothers have to deal with in connection with pregnancy or childbirth.
I am also a mother of twins and can relate to what many women have experienced. When my twins were newly born, I also experienced waking up at night to their cry. More often, they were just hungry but there were also times when their cry was because of hiccups. Among the various pregnancy and parenthood problems, dealing with hiccups for me is one of the most challenging because they are pretty unpredictable. You will not know when they will happen and why. I’m just glad my girls never experienced a serious problem in connection with their hiccups. But I heard of some infants who did.
Now, should you worry about hiccups on infants? Hiccups are more common among newborns and infants who are under one year and the frequency diminishes as they mature. The problem normally occurs after feeding and can last for several minutes up to an hour. Some leading pediatricians assert that infant hiccups are caused by feeding or by a sudden drop in the temperature of the surroundings. They are generally considered to be harmless so parents should have nothing to worry about. However, if hiccups become persistent and are accompanied by coughing and irritability and are already interfering your baby’s feeding and sleeping, that could be a serious problem. It could be a sign of GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease. In such case, you should see your doctor.
Although hiccups are not something parents should panic about, they are still something that must be remedied because hiccups cause some discomforts on your baby. More often, they could disrupt sleep or cause spitting. One of the simplest things you can do is to keep your baby upright for at least 20 minutes after feeding. You could also try giving your baby smaller foods but more frequently, to avoid acid reflux which is one of the major causes of hiccups. Also, letting your baby burp after feeding is important especially if you are feeding on bottles. If despite doing these tips you still notice frequent hiccups on your baby and are really worried about, you may consult your doctor for some advice.
Hiccups are a common occurrence among infants. I know this not only because I have read about them and experienced them with my twins but also because I also talked with many parents who experienced the same problem with their babies. When my twins were newly born, they had frequent hiccups. As they matured, the hiccups became less frequent. And I can understand why some parents will immediately panic if their baby has hiccups because I too panicked at first. But now, I already know that as long as your baby is breathing, feeding and sleeping normally, you should not worry about hiccups.