Thursday, June 07, 2012

What Does It Mean When Babies Hiccup?

Believe it or not, it is actually good for a baby to hiccup!

As you get older and into adulthood, the hiccups can become very annoying and something you want to get rid of right away, but at one point in your life they were necessary. Many babies get the hiccups frequently and parents don't know what to think. It may make them nervous or scared that something is wrong, but this usually isnÕt the case. It is actually very good for a baby to get the hiccups.

Hiccups can actually be a sign of a health baby. Some babies will even hiccup in the womb. It can mean that the baby's organs are maturing. As the baby grows, the hiccups often happen more frequently and get more intense. Some people have even said that hiccups in the fetus are the baby's diaphragm preparing for the baby to breath naturally once born. Sometimes the mother will feel the baby hiccupping inside her, but usually not until the baby has matured quite a bit and to a certain size.

Once the baby comes into the world, hiccups are still normal. Research has shown that some babies can spend up to 3% of their time hiccupping. In reality that's about half an hour a day, it may seem like a lot, but it doesnÕt affect them. They are perfectly content when hiccupping and sometimes it can even occupy the baby, which takes a little work off of the parents' hands. You have to remember that babies are new to feeding and breathing. Adults often get hiccups because they rush their eating or swallowing and the same can happen with babies. They are just getting use to the methods of eating and breathing.

If you feel like your baby is getting the hiccups too often or is spitting up when they are getting them, they may need a hiccups treatment. But just the normal hiccups once or twice a day is completely normal. Happy parenting!
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