How Hiccups in Babies Happen?

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New mothers, especially those who have given birth for the first time are definitely protective of their infants—this is a common reaction or “blues” among primiparas. They will guard their babies as vigilant as a hen looking after their eggs and chicks and will be very over-protective. Also, primiparas can be easily alarmed with even the simplest thing that a baby does, thinking it may be an abnormality or a life threatening condition.

Hiccups babies make are one of the things that concern a lot of new mothers. When a baby “hics”, mothers will usually carry their baby and lay the baby with the head towards the mother’s shoulder to promote burping. But then, when hiccups babies make become repetitive, it may cause a commotion in the household, especially in a burgeoning family and first time parents.

Hiccups can make a new moms and dads paranoid—and may even make her visit her baby’s pediatrician in a matter of hours. As adults, we experience hiccups occasionally and it will not even give us a jolt of concern. But hiccups babies manifest may be a different story for mothers. To understand what these hiccups mean, here is a simple explanation of how it happens:

Anatomy of Hiccups Babies

We all have diaphragms—even babies and those still inside the womb waiting to be delivered. The diaphragm is a sheet of muscles that separates the thoracic cavity and the abdominal cavity. The diaphragm is important in breathing such that when the diaphragm expands, we inhale; and when the diaphragm contracts, we exhale.

Due to certain occurrences, our diaphragm may experience irritation and sucking air can occur forcefully and involuntarily. This movement of the diaphragm is followed by the closing of the vestibules of vocal cords producing a “hic” sound—this is what we call hiccups. How hiccups occur in babies is similar to how it occurs in adults. However, since babies’ organs are still not fully developed, they can experience hiccups more than any people in other age brackets.

Common Causes of Hiccups Babies

Most commonly, these hiccups are caused by mechanical factors, especially when a baby feeds… or after a bottle feeding. First reason is that a poor sucking reflex or mechanism can lead to the baby’s ability to suck air…thus the body will attempt to get rid of the excess air by hiccups. Secondly, drinking milk to quickly, most especially if the baby is hungry can also lead to hiccups. Other less common causes like excitement of the nerves, especially those nerves that innervate the diaphragm can also lead to hiccups.

There are no effective remedies for hiccups in newborns, unlike those that are used by adults… therefore; the best way is to prevent hiccups from happening. Effective feeding technique, burping and proper positioning of the baby during and after feeding are essential methods of preventing hiccups among babies.

Remember that hiccups in babies, like in adults are reflexes in order to thwart out whatever is harmful or is not needed inside our body, the way lacrimation (tearing), sneezing and coughing happens to us.

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