Thursday, March 19, 2015

Stopping Baby Hiccups

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It never seems to fail. Newborns get hiccups often, and pretty assuredly, they get hiccups in the middle of the night. A lot of books you read say something to the effect of, "Don't worry. Hiccups don't bother babies." I am sure that is true sometimes. I have watched a baby hiccup away many times without looking the least bit distressed. There are other times, however, that they sound painful. We have all had those painful hiccups, right? There are also times it is the middle of the night and the hiccups are keeping your baby awake, even if "pleasantly" awake. The sooner your baby is "pleasantly" asleep, the sooner you are asleep, and the nicer you are the next day.

When McKenna was a baby, I tried gripe water for the first time. I hadn't heard of it when Brayden or Kaitlyn were babies. Gripe water is a magical thing that I can't believe I went two whole babies without. 98% of the time, a small dose of gripe water stops baby hiccups immediately. I love gripe water. It also quickly soothes tummy troubles from gas to reflux, so it does more than hiccup control. Even if hiccups is all it did, it is well worth it. Here is what I said when McKenna was a baby:
"I wanted to give a gripe water note. McKenna gets hiccups all the time. Up until a week ago, she got them during every waketime. She got them after every middle of the night feeding. Happily, I can just lay her in bed with her hiccups and she goes to sleep, but I still hated to see her with them. You read in baby books that hiccups don't bother a baby. Really? How do they know? Anyway, each time McKenna gets the hiccups she groans for the first few. No matter what the books say, I can tell they bother my baby.
So this week I tried giving her a small dosage of gripe water when she got the hiccups. It was magic! They went away immediately every time. You might think it was due to drinking something, but that is not so. She sometimes gets the hiccups in the middle of a feeding, and continues hiccuping while she eats. Drinking does not make them go away for her. It is the gripe water!
The recommended dosage on the gripe water for her age is 1 teaspoon. I just give her 1/4 teaspoon and that cures it."

My favorite brand I have tried is Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water. You don't need a lot. I would always start with 1/4 of the recommended dosage and if that didn't stop the hiccups, do another 1/4. With my two non-reflux babies, I only used 2 bottles of gripe water with each baby. Not bad at all!

Give gripe water a try if your baby is having tummy troubles or hiccups.


6 comments:

Ashley Petersen said...

I have used grip water for hiccups but I've found that it's more the drinking action, in adults too, that stops the hiccups than gripe water itself. To stop hiccups I just draw up a needless syringe of my breastmilk and give it to my LO when he has hiccups. As long as he is drinking it when I give it to him the hiccups stop immediately. It may be another option for the mommy with a tight budget - just pump a little extra BM (or use any liquid honestly) and keep it in the fridge for just the occasion. :)

Jane (bookroo.com) said...

I get hiccups all of the time! Maybe I should try some :)

Kathelle - Strandom said...

Great tip! My two were terribly refluxy and hiccupy so this would've been useful! we did try it with our boy but it didn't seem to make much difference but maybe we weren't doing it right! x

Peggy Velosa said...

Actually just drinking, for my daughter anyhow, didn't work. But what worked for me, even for my kids n I e at an older age, is drinking about 5-6 sips of water without taking a breathe in between. It is actually the air that is swallowed whole drinking, or breastfeeding that causes the hiccups.... This is what I've read. But different ways work differently for each child. It may work for one child and not another. My tip, try one way ans if it does any work, try another. Sometime is bound to work. What's nice is having access to blogs like this to get different ideas of what to try! :-)

Peggy Velosa said...

Actually just drinking, for my daughter anyhow, didn't work. But what worked for me, even for my kids n I e at an older age, is drinking about 5-6 sips of water without taking a breathe in between. It is actually the air that is swallowed whole drinking, or breastfeeding that causes the hiccups.... This is what I've read. But different ways work differently for each child. It may work for one child and not another. My tip, try one way ans if it does any work, try another. Sometime is bound to work. What's nice is having access to blogs like this to get different ideas of what to try! :-)

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