Babies often have hiccups after drinking milk or eating. Hiccup is sometimes annoying but as long as the baby is still a baby are happy, smiling and eating and drinking well there is nothing to worry about.
“Babies usually have hiccups caused by either feeding with breast milk, formula or other foods. Addition, the decrease in temperature can cause a baby’s cold can also cause hiccups,” says Lynnette Mazur, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston , as quoted from babycenter.
Hiccups are a reflex movements of the body and is accompanied by a distinctive sound due to irritation of the diaphragm. The diaphragm plays a major role in the course of respiration and metabolic processes. Diaphragm pulling and pushing on a regular basis that regulates entry and exit of air during the process of respiration.
The structure will be disturbed muscle function if there is anything that inhibits the process, either from internal or external factors.
Hiccup is an unpleasant condition and can affect people of all ages, including newborns. Hiccup become one of the most common and frequently reported, especially in infants under one year of age.
Professor Mazur said hiccups are normal and natural for babies, unless hiccup to interfere with activities such as sleeping or eating. Babies who have gastroesophageal reflux disease may be more likely to experience hiccups.
If hiccups often causes babies to be vomiting, coughing, very fussy or so out of control until the baby is older than a year, then the parents should consult it to the doctor.
“Actually, if the baby hiccups do not much parents can do, because usually these hiccups will go away by itself. But do not ever try to stop hiccups by surprising or startling,” Professor Mazur said.
There are several things parents can do to help eliminate or prevent hiccups in infants, namely:
1. Always monitor the baby while breastfeeding to ensure that he drank slowly.
2. Babies are often burp while breastfeeding is an effective way to stop hiccups.
3. Changing feeding positions and tried to calm her down.
4. Ensuring that mothers breastfeed their babies or feeding in a state of calm and not get too excited.
5. If the baby hiccup when drinking or eating, then try to pat the baby gently and let it relax before feeding again.