Hiccups (cont.)

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What about hiccups in infants and babies?

As in adults, hiccups in newborns, infants, and babies are common and generally nothing to worry about. If hiccups occur during feeding, stop feeding until the hiccups go away. Usually the hiccups will "go away" in an infant or baby. You may try changing the position of the infant or baby, try to get your baby to burp, or calming him/her down to cure the hiccups. Sometimes resuming feeding will stop the hiccups. If your baby frequently hiccups during feedings, feed your baby when he's already relaxed, and is not overly hungry yet.

If your child's hiccups worsen or they seem to upset him, contact your pediatrician.

What are the symptoms of hiccups?

Sudden, forceful movement of the diaphragm, that causes the hiccup sound, is the only symptom of hiccups.

When should I contact my doctor for hiccups?

Most cases of hiccups resolve themselves in a short period of time and are rarely a medical emergency. See your doctor if hiccups last more than three hours, or if they disturb your eating or sleeping habits.

Seek medical attention if hiccups are associated with

How are hiccups diagnosed?

Most of us know what a hiccup feels like and how to recognize it. In a medical setting, the diagnosis of hiccups is based on physical evaluation.

Blood tests or X-rays are usually not necessary unless your hiccups are a symptom of an associated medical condition.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/15/2015

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