Handling Hiccups in Infants
Hiccups in infants are a fairly common occurrence. They’re not serious, but they can be annoying at most for the babies involved. But how do we cure hiccups in infants?
Hiccups in Babies
My baby Shane always has the hiccups. For whatever reason, she would suddenly launch into these tiny sound effects. It is quite cute actually, the way she does it.
I am not surprised anymore because even when she was in my tummy, she would get the hiccups several times a day. You would really see my baby bump moving and jerking and it was quite uncomfortable, or at least for me.
Now that she is already one month old, it persists. Before breastfeeding, after feeding, before crying, after crying, before burping, after burping, during a cough, and many other occasions. For whatever reason. I did research about this and it seems there is really nothing wrong with this, except that it can get annoying for them. But Shane doesn’t seem to mind.
Breastfeeding Helps Hiccups
One of the ways to end the hiccups is if I let her latch on my breasts. After a little while of breastfeeding, her hiccups will be gone. I am not sure how this works, but it does, so I keep doing it.
Custom or Remedy
But one of the age-old remedies to hiccups in infants that people believe is effective is the wet paper. I first heard this from my mother, who did this on my brother. She said it was good to put wet paper on the baby’s forehead. I have seen her do it many times when my younger brother was a baby.
And I have seen other mothers do it. In fact, some people say it is more effective when what is used to wet the paper is the mother’s saliva. Ewwww….
Now, my mother-in-law has reminded me about it. And whenever Shane is with her when the baby gets the hiccups, you would surely find a paper stuck on the baby’s forehead. I think it is a Filipino thing.
That’s fine with me because it’s just water and paper. If it’s saliva, I would not approve of it because it’s unhygienic. Although my husband and I do not believe in the so-called “therapeutic” properties of this practice, it is fine with me as long as there is no unsanitary practice or spiritual connotation to it. I think it is harmless, so that’s fine.
Have you also done this with your child? Is hiccups in infants a common case in your home?