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After feeds and burping sessions, my newborn hiccups quite a lot. Are there any tried and tested positions that help alleviate the hiccups?

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My baby had reflux so hiccuping was especially problematic for her as it churned things up EVEN More. So we had to work hard at getting all the gas out for her.

We found the traditional burping position didn't actually do this. It was easier to burp her by placing her in a seated position on the adult's knee, with her legs dangling inward. Since I am right-handed I'll describe it to you from my perspective:

  1. Baby on my right knee facing to my left and held by my left arm. While her head still need support, I used my forearm for her to "lean on" and cradled her chin in the palm of my left hand. When she no longer needed the head support I simply let her lean with my arm across her chest.
  2. Using my right hand I would then gently pat starting at her lower back in a quick repetative upward motion to her upper back. Then, I would move my hand back down to her lower back and on the second pass rub in an upward motion.
  3. After completing step two, two or three times, I would then cause her to lean forward a little more by moving my left arm accordingly. This usually caused a huge burp.

When we got a nice big burp, there were fewer hiccups, or at least the ones she had were more mild.

As the mom, I also watched what I ate very closely (kept a journal of my foods, how often she nursed and how much and journaled her symptoms as well as her foods when she started eating. It was important to have the baby sitter help with the food/symptom journal, but it really proved helpful in looking for patterns. I found that cruciferous foods (such as onions) often seemed to relate to more severe problems about a day later as did oily foods so I avoided those until she was no longer nursing.

Generally though, hiccups are more annoying for us to listen to (when we aren't giggling over how cute they are) than they are troublesome for the baby.

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Supposedly, a sudden change in temperature or just being cold can cause hiccups in children. When you move your baby away from your body you may be exposing its front side to some loss of temperature which in turn may cause hiccups. Is your baby swaddled and dressed appropriately to your home temperature?

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We offer the pacifier to help regulate his hiccups. Focusing on the sucking motion usually helps him get rid of his hiccups in a matter of minutes. Good luck!

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Hiccups are good for baby. It help the baby to grow. In my country (India), if hiccups are not comming, we use get worried :)

So don't worry.

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Hello and Welcome Ajay. Here at SE we really try to be sure information offered is accurate. Why are hiccups considered good for the baby? Is it a fun superstition and really you are say, "don't worry" or is there researched data that substantiates the idea? –  balanced mama Feb 23 '14 at 14:40
While hiccups may not necessarily be bad for your health (skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/2298/619) I can find no documented evidence online that they are good for you. –  Rory Alsop Feb 24 '14 at 8:49

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