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How to Help an Infant with Hiccups

Learn how to help an infant with hiccups from parenting coach Tammy Gold in this Howcast baby care video.


Sometimes babies get hiccups, and I know that it can be frightening. I often get calls from clients saying "oh no, the baby has hiccups what can I do?" Hiccups are very common. And just like hiccups do not hurt us, hiccups don't hurt babies. Sometimes you see a baby look a little distressed or may cry; that's just because they do not understand what is happening to them and that something out of their control is controlling them. The best thing to do is really nothing. You can distract your baby by talking to your baby, rocking your baby and singing to your baby, and do any other bonding exercise that would distract your baby. But in regards to giving them anything or feeding them anything, it's really recommended that when the baby gets the hiccups you just leave them be. There's no sense in scaring them; that's not going to help them; it will only make it worse. Some parents use gripe water, or even distilled cooled chamomile tea to relieve the hiccups. If your child gets hiccups often and you find these remedies helpful and they do not hurt your child then absolutely use them if they help your child feel better. You can find gripe water at any pharmacy, baby store, drugstore and usually all it is is chamomile, ginger, and fennel -- things used to calm babies or help settle their stomachs. So using these remedies, or distracting them, are the best things for hiccups.

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