My 4 Week Old Baby Gets Hic-ups Almost Everytime He Eats.

Updated on March 04, 2010
N.B. asks from Peoria, IL
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My son gets hic-ups almost everytime he eats. Sometimes they go on for a long time and are so strong they make him mad. Is there anything I can do to help him? If it continues should I call his doctor?

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thank you everyone for your advice. I will try a few of your ideas. I bottle feed now but it seemed to happen even when i was tryen to breast feed. I know the books say its normal but i just wanted to find out if others had seen it so often. Books often lack details on some subjects it seems. Thank you all.


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answers from Tulsa on

When my little one hic-ups I give him a little more milk, and it seems to help him get rid of them. Good luck!

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answers from St. Louis on

my 7th month old used to get hiccups all the time. every book i have read has stated that it is normal for them to get hiccups often. she doesn't get them as much anymore, but if you feel more comfortable you can call his doctor and ask about it.



answers from Springfield on

Does he get hic-ups after he eats, or during? Everytime my son had the hic-ups, I would nurse him, and they would go away. When he was older than 4 weeks, he would get the hic-ups all the time after he laughed.
Good luck with them.



answers from Springfield on

It sure sounds like he is getting too much air while feeding. Are you breast or bottle feeding him? I recommend the Avena Bottles, a little more expensive but worth every penny. Our littlest guy had the same trouble and these were suggested to me and now I swear by them.

I hope this helps. Good luck!



answers from Tulsa on

My son is now 3 1/2 months old and when he was 4 weeks he had the same problem and I took him to his pediatrician and they diagnosed him with acid reflux, so the advice I would give you is to take hime to his pediatrician and they will ask you some questions and do a test and they will let you know what is wrong, babies normally hiccup but I dont think they should last as long as you say your baby hiccups last, but definitely get it checked out because if it is acid reflux there are treatments for it. Hope this helps.


answers from Dallas on

Hic-ups are extremely common in infants. Most of the time they bother the mom more than they do baby. That said, try giving him a little bit of water in a bottle or anything else to suck on. This will usually do the trick but really there isn't a whole that you can do. Good Luck.



answers from Rockford on

Did he get the hicups alot in utero?My daughter always had them before birth and after, When she got them i just nursed her for a sec and they went away. Maybe it was like drinking water upside down(which really works).They say it means they are growing when they get the hicups.So if you dont nurse, try giving him something to drink. Hope it helps.



answers from Lawton on

Gripe Water helps sometimes.



answers from Kansas City on

My daugther had the hic-ups all the time when she was that age. There is nothing you can do. Giving your baby some water or something to suck on. You will just have to let them run its course. There really isn't anything you can do. I would just rub her back and try to keep her calm as she had them. It's annoying but hang in there; your baby will eventually get rid of having the hic-ups everything he eats. It took a couple months for my daughter to not hic-up so much.



answers from Joplin on

I wonder if you breast or bottle.....however, you may try changing his eating position..The American Academy of Pediatrics has a pamphlet out saying to mix 1/4 teaspoon of sugar in four ounces of water and offer a few sucks. we tried this for about a week and a half and now at 11 weeks we have hardly seen the hiccups for about a month now.



answers from Huntsville on

yes my daughter had them when i was prego with her 2. now she gets them pretty often. im shure its nothing to wrry about.



answers from Oklahoma City on

I googled stop baby hiccups and you can read this article for more information about it.

Most likely cause, baby eating to fast or sucking too much air.
Possibly the hole size on the nipple should be experimented with, but you don't mention bottles so maybe that isn't an option :)



answers from Rockford on

Babies get hiccups for different reasons then we do. And yes they get them often but the digestive track is still developing. It's nothing to worry about. But to help him when he gets mad I'm not sure, they didn't bother my daughter.



answers from Bloomington on

My son did that too!!! Oh It was crazy... I just always kept about 1 1/2 oz of formula left in the bottle.. after he berped... Then the hic ups started!!! so... we gave that little bit more.. Sort of like suck a few... pull out... suck a few pull out.. ( ya know like drink 10 small sips of water thing.. ) anyway.. It worked!!!! then back up on sholder to berp and all was fine....

I was like not a feeding unless he had then.. BUT It did stop....

I dont recall how long it lasted. He was a bit fussy... And was not sleeping much... I did end up changing formulas and that helped a ton and he started to sleep... Whoo hoo!!!!

So no worrys it will pass....



answers from Oklahoma City on

When my daughter was little I was told hic-ups occured when she was over-stimulated. If we put her to nap when she started to hic-up they would go away really quick. She is now two and has them from time to time when she does we put her to nap. She goes right to sleep and is happy. We also noticed when she has the hic-up she is craky. So a nap is a goo idea anyways.

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