Newborn hiccups

Hiccups in a newborn can arouse emotions. Especially in the case of children who jump in a characteristic way to the hiccups even several times a day. However, it is usually completely harmless.

Tendency to hiccups

Whether a child will often have hiccups after delivery can be estimated with certain probability by observing its behavior in the mother's stomach. It turns out that some babies just have a tendency to hiccups.

Newborn baby and hiccups

Frequently recurring hiccups are the result of the physiological immaturity of the nervous system. Usually, the problem disappears with the end of the development of the diaphragmatic nerve of the child, that is, about the third month of life. The hiccups are nothing but rhythmically appearing diaphragm and larynx muscles.

Most often, hiccups in a newborn appear in the event of a sudden change in temperature, overfilling the tummy, an accumulation of air in the abdomen. The reason may also be too loud and energetic laughter.

How to react to newborn hiccups?

Certainly you should not use methods that work well for adults. It's best to pay attention to the cause and eliminate it. When the baby is cold - dress warmer, rewind the wet diaper. A reliable way can also be feeding the breast or, in the case of breastfeeding mothers: bottles with water or tea. In the case of a full tummy, carrying a baby in an upright position, cuddled to the parent can help. You can also put your child on his tummy and gently pat his back.


Hiccups in a newborn are usually not bothersome for the child himself. More often it is perceived badly by parents, for which it sometimes is a cause for concern. Usually, hiccups pass as quickly as they appear. Therefore, the easiest way is to wait it out.

When hiccups often occur after the third month of birth and are just as bothersome as just after birth, it is worth consulting a doctor to find out its causes.