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How to Get Rid of Hiccups in a Newborn

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author image Leigh Good
Leigh Good has been writing for magazines and newspapers for more than 10 years. Her work has been published in numerous print and online publications. Good has a bachelor's degree in print journalism from Georgia State University.
How to Get Rid of Hiccups in a Newborn
Help your newborn baby ease her frequent hiccups. Photo Credit Linda Yolanda/iStock/Getty Images

Newborn babies often experience bouts of hiccups. Luckily babies don't seem to be bothered by the hiccups much. When a baby is in utero and for the first year of his life, several rounds of hiccups during each day is normal and usually not anything to worry about. If your newborn's frequent hiccups are causing you some concern, you can try a few simple steps to help her get rid of them.

Treat Hiccups

Step 1

How to Get Rid of Hiccups in a Newborn
Nursing your baby can help. Photo Credit Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images

Nurse your baby. Breastfeeding can help your child's diaphragm relax and stop hiccups quickly.

Step 2

How to Get Rid of Hiccups in a Newborn
Burping your infant will help relieve gas and an upset stomach. Photo Credit Tye Carnelli/iStock/Getty Images

Burp your infant. Burping between feedings brings up trapped air from your infant's stomach and can help relieve gas and stomach upset that could lead to hiccups.

Step 3

How to Get Rid of Hiccups in a Newborn
Hold your baby upright. Photo Credit Andy Dean/iStock/Getty Images

Hold your baby in an upright position. Change positions while feeding your child and hold her upright after eating to help gas rise and pass naturally.

Step 4

How to Get Rid of Hiccups in a Newborn
Sucking on a pacifier can help relieve hiccups. Photo Credit Ezequi/iStock/Getty Images

Give your child something to suck on. Sucking on a pacifier can help relieve your newborn's hiccups.

Prevent Hiccups

Step 1

How to Get Rid of Hiccups in a Newborn
A crying baby will suck in air. Photo Credit Petro Feketa/iStock/Getty Images

Feed your baby when he's calm. Don't let him get to the point where he is so hungry he is crying. An overly hungry baby will suck in air while crying, which can lead to hiccups and gas problems.

Step 2

How to Get Rid of Hiccups in a Newborn
Dairy in your diet can cause hiccups in your child. Photo Credit Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

Avoid foods that may trigger hiccups. If you are breastfeeding, some foods in your diet may be likely to cause gas and hiccups in your nursing newborn. Try eliminating dairy products from your diet if your child suffers from very frequent hiccups. Dairy is the most common contributor to breast milk sensitivities in newborns.

Step 3

How to Get Rid of Hiccups in a Newborn
Keep your baby warm. Photo Credit Brian Carpenter/Hemera/Getty Images

Keep your baby warm since hiccups are often caused by a sudden temperature change that causes a baby to become cold.

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