My baby's hiccups

@emma412 (1156)
United States
May 21, 2007 12:01pm CST
My 10 week old daughter gets the hiccups ALL the time. I'm talking 7-8 times a day. I know they're normal but she gets so distressed and I can't stand it. There is no specific time she gets them (like after nursing), she just gets them randomly. Any suggestions on how to relieve them?
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@tammyr (5954)
• Etowah, Tennessee
21 May 07
If taking water does not help and it is everyday this often and you are worried, talk to your doctor. Maybe he will have a better idea. For adults the sugar works if you take A BIG spoon full. The idea is that you are concentrating so hard on getting all the sugar out of your mouth, that you 'forget' about the hiccups. Try to do the same with your baby, no I don't mean give her a mouth ful of sugar, but do something to get her attention, Rasberies to the tummy, tickle her with your hair, bounce her on your knee, just what ever will get her to pay attention to you not the bothersome hiccups.l
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@RosieS57 (889)
• United States
22 May 07
Actually the reason it works is it gives a big jolt of glucose energy to the muscle band that is the diaphragm. The energy jolt is what stops the spasms that give mammals the hiccups. I use it on our dogs when they get hiccuppy for extended periods of time, too. I guess some grownups need a bigger jolt than others do. An average sized teaspoon does it for me.
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@emma412 (1156)
• United States
22 May 07
Very interesting, thanks for the information!
@RosieS57 (889)
• United States
21 May 07
Sometimes babies that swallow air will cause themselves to have hiccups. As the first respondant posted, a little sugar water will help stop the diaphragm spasms your baby has. A teaspoon of sugar eaten by kids and adults will stop the hiccups, too. Honey and other sweetners won't work; it has to be cane sugar.
@RosieS57 (889)
• United States
22 May 07
Errrmmm...yup! No honey for lil' ones because there is no way to pasteurize it and their lil' immature immune systems can't fight off anything that might be carried in it. Yup, that's right! I forgot -- but I did say not honey. LOL
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@emma412 (1156)
• United States
22 May 07
Oh yeah, I saw that honey thing on an episode of ER. ALl the best parenting advice comes from fictional tv shows, right? ;)
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
11 Aug 07
i was just on the phone with one of my friends and her baby had the hiccups constanly,and at one point one of mine did too.so she told me to get gripe water.i was like what the heck is that?its a herbal supplement to use a babys upset stomache,hiccups,and collicness.you can put it in the baby bottle with juice or water.and it may be taken up to 6 times in a 24 hr period.this stuff is great.i thank her all the time.so i hope this helps you out.
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@emma412 (1156)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Hmmm.. I've never heard of it. I'll look into it. Thanks for the advice.
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
22 May 07
My son had hiccups before he was born. The first time it happened, I got scared because my belly was moving with every hiccup and I didn't know what it was. I woke up my mother in law to come and look, and she laughed and said, oh, it's just the baby hiccuping. All of my kids had hiccups when they were babies, and I tried everything, but the hiccups didn't last too long. I think they just eventually outgrow them.
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@emma412 (1156)
• United States
23 May 07
Oh yeah! I remember my baby's pregnancy hiccups. Back then they were cute because they didn't make her cry or at least not as far as I could tell!
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
21 May 07
I've heard of just giving them water, or water with a little sugar in it. There isn't much else you can do with her being so young.
@emma412 (1156)
• United States
22 May 07
I figured as much I just hate seeing her get so frustrated!
@AugBoyz (79)
• Singapore
22 May 07
my son also will have hiccups even now when he is 9mths old, sometimes when he laff too much he will have hiccups. i just let him hiccups his hiccups away, PD told me before dun feed water when they are having hiccups coz scared they choked on the water.
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@emarie (5451)
• United States
21 May 07
i remember those. i used to laugh mostly because they look so cute. my son used to get so frustrated too. people are right though, the most you can do is try to give them some water (not with sugar in it like people said, you should get them used to straight water) after that, hold them, comfort them, rub their backs till it goes away.
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• United States
21 May 07
There's really nothing you can do. They'll go away on their own. My son is 5 months and he still gets them, just not quite as often as he did at your daughters age.
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