Guess what? I just had a kid. Well, my wife did, but I was there to feed her ice chips and tell her she’s beautiful, so, of course, that makes me an expert. But there’s one thing I still don’t understand: hiccups. Why does my daughter hiccup so much? And does she mind?
An article from Parents.com explains that hiccups are totally normal, and are, in fact, a good thing for babies. “Hiccups are caused when the diaphragm, the respiratory muscle at the base of the chest, gets irritated and spasms. Since a baby’s stomach and torso are small, it doesn’t take much to fill his tummy to the brim and push it up into the diaphragm.” If you hear your baby hiccup, it means he or she is eating well.
A change in room temperature may cause hiccups, too. According to Baby Center, if the baby gets cold, hiccups may be more common.
So why don’t kids freak out during hiccup sessions? According to Baby Zone, “hiccups seem to bother parents more than they bother the baby.” Unlike 99% of the stuff that can make babies fussy, hiccups apparently don’t bother them. Go figure. The exception is if the hiccups affect the baby’s ability to feed. If that’s the case, consult a doctor.
So that’s the story with baby hiccups. Small stomach + hungry baby = big hiccups (and, eventually, a dirty diaper).
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