We all have problems from time to time and, as a rule, we do not give importance to this, since it does not give us any particular inconvenience.
But if a newborn baby starts having hiccups, then parents often panic. And immediately there are many questions: Where did it come from?
It is dangerous? How to help the baby?
To begin, it is necessary to deal with the causes that lead to the appearance of hiccups in the newborn, then it will be clear how to help the baby.
Causes of hiccups in a newborn baby
Based on physiology, hiccup – a contraction of the diaphragm muscles, which is accompanied by a characteristic sound when the air passes through the glottis.
Other reasons include:
- Eat excessively
- swallow air
- Strong emotional shock or anguish.
Some babies begin to have hiccups after feeding, this may be due to the fact that the child ate too much. As a result, the overflowing stomach presses against the diaphragm and causes its convulsive contraction. Or, the baby swallows air during feeding, which can also cause hiccups and not only.
Overeating and swallowing air often leads to regurgitation, intestinal cramps, and stomach problems.
How long can a newborn hiccup?
The hiccups can last from a few minutes to an hour. The hiccups not prolonged within 10 to 15 minutes, as a rule, happens by itself and does not cause any discomfort to the child.
If the hiccups are delayed and the baby has hiccups for more than half an hour, then this may affect his mood a bit (he may become more capricious and irritable), it may also prevent him from falling asleep.
Although hiccups are a completely innocuous state, there are cases in which it is impossible to dispense with the help of a doctor.
A doctor should be contacted if:
- Are you sure that the child’s hiccups are not related to the fact that he is cold, thirsty or swallowed?
- The hiccups last a long time (more than 20-30 minutes), renewed during the day.
- Occurs continuously for 2 weeks
- You can not handle it yourself.
- In addition to hiccups, there are other symptoms: cough, regurgitation, excessive salivation.
Such as: gastroesophageal disease, pneumonia, diseases of the liver, stomach, intestines, phrenic nerve neuritis, worms infestations, damage to the central nervous system.
How to help with hiccups?
Helping with hiccups depends on the cause that instilled their appearance.
Then yes hypothermia – hot baby You can hold the child to the breast, the mother in your arms, the baby will warm and calm down.
If the hiccups are due to the fact that the baby wants to drink – Take a few sips of milk or warm water.
You can shake a child and try to make him fall asleep. In a dream, muscles relax and hiccups pass.
Yes reason for overfeeding, then you need to adjust the amount of power. You can feed your baby in smaller portions, but more often.
After feeding, hold the baby upright so that all excess air comes out and does not cause hiccups or regurgitation.
If hiccups are reaction to emotional shock, Then try to minimize such tensions. In less noisy guests, there is no loud music and other annoying phenomena.
If you can not cope with hiccups, ask your pediatrician for help, this will help you make a diagnosis in a timely manner and, if necessary, start treatment.