Why does a newborn hiccup?

Elena Minkina
Elena Minkina
August 15, 2012
Why does a newborn hiccup?

During the first months of life, children often experience prolonged hiccups that are not associated with any of their diseases and do not harm the health of babies. However, parents are afraid of long hiccups of the baby and try to understand why the newborn hiccups.

Before answering why a newborn hiccups, you should deal with what constitutes a hiccup. The chest and abdomen in the human body are separated from each other by a muscle layer called the diaphragm. With convulsive contraction of the muscles of the diaphragm, and provided that the glottis at this moment is closed, there is hiccups. Hiccup is in most cases a reflex or nervous phenomenon that is not associated with digestive problems. But sometimes the cause of hiccups in newborns are still errors in their feeding.

Why the newborn hiccups after feeding

  1. If a baby sucks more milk or adapted formula than is necessary during feeding,then the walls of his stomach are strongly stretched and begin to put pressure on the diaphragm, causing its convulsive contractions, i.e. hiccups
  2. The same overdistension of the stomach walls can be observed with too “greedy” sucking or when feeding a child through a nipple with a big hole. In both cases, the baby swallows a large amount of air with milk.
  3. Sometimes the reason why a newborn hiccups after feeding, is ordinary thirst.
  4. Constipation and flatulence (flatulence) also leads to hiccups in the baby.

Why a newborn hiccups: causes

Reflex reasons

One of the main causes of hiccups in a newborn baby is that the baby is just cold. Hiccup, in this case, is associated with irritation of the nervous system with cold and is a signal to parents about the need to warm the child.

Neurological causes

Hiccups of newborns often occur on the background of the dysfunction of some parts of the cerebral cortex that occurred on the background of hypoxia during pregnancy or during childbirth.

The hiccups of a newborn can also occur against the background of various nervous shocks - a loud sound, bright light, an abrupt change in body position. In this case, the hiccups can be regarded as a manifestation of neurosis.

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