Newborn Hiccups and Skin Issues

Updated on November 12, 2006
H.R. asks from Boca Raton, FL
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Just wanted to know what to do, if anything with my baby when he has hiccups. The nurse at the hospital told us that hiccups hurt us more than they hurt him. I put him to my breast this morning and they stopped. Suggestions?

Also Sebastian's little newborn skin is peeling. He is a week and two days old. We gave him his first bath today and moisturized him down. Is it normal for babies to "shed"? He's perfectly happy and eating like a champ but just curious. Thanks!

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answers from Boca Raton on

Hi H.! I had the same questions when my daughter was born.. she is now 10 weeks old. She still hiccups from time to time, but the "shedding" has finally stopped. I asked my Doctor about it... he said it's completely normal. I also found that she was shedding more after her baths... normal as well. Oh and the hiccups... when you nurse or use a pacifier... they'll go away! Good luck and Congrats!



answers from Boca Raton on

Hi H.,
All completely normal. Your babys skin will shed and possibly get some "Baby Acne" Sorry to tell you that, Its just their body making the changes to this outside of the womb environment. As for hiccups, I found the pacifier worked the best.
Congrats and blessings to you and your husband. Enjoy every minute of your son, Welcome to the world Sebastian!



answers from Boca Raton on

My baby girl was peeling alot from the min she came out... I have used lotion on her with no problems at all... they actually gave me lotion for her in the hospital... As for the hiccups my baby has them all the time. She is 2 months old now and has had them since the day I could feel her inside my tummy... Nothing works for her, I just hold her and comfort her as much as I can, because she does get very aggervated with them...

Congratulations on your new baby and enjoy that little baby boy...



answers from Miami on


Not being a RN. I honestly can't say what you should do. Maybe try giving your baby some water and turn on it's side. Or Burp the baby on your shoulder after some intake of water.

It's been so long since my kids were babies and when they had hiccups.

Or perhaps look it up on line from a Medical website.

I hope I gave you some ideas.


G. H.



answers from Boca Raton on

Its ok for a baby to shed but I would check with your Dr. about the lotion, you are not supposed to use lotion, diaper cream, sun screen or anything like that on a baby that young. Don't freak out and think you have done something terribly wrong, just refrain from using products on the baby until he is older, I think that its actually 6 months.
My baby had the hiccups in the womb all the time and when she came out it was the same, nothing really helped her, nursing did sometimes but other times it didn't. I do think that it bothered me more than her, its normal so don't worry about it.
Good Luck with your new baby!



answers from Boca Raton on

Hi H.,

Congrads on the newborn. It is perfectly normal for newborns to shed. You will notice this for the first weeks of his life especially around the eyebrow area, heels and fingers and knuckles.

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