Is it normal for baby hiccups all the time?
Yes. Hiccups are common in babies under a year old.
Babies even hiccup in the womb, which sometimes alarm pregnant moms but it is normal. Some mothers wonder how babies can hiccup in utero — after all, they’re not really breathing yet. But hiccups have nothing to do with breath. They’re sudden contractions of the diaphragm caused by irritation or stimulation of the muscle.
According to a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, infant hiccups are usually caused by feeding (breast milk, formula, or other foods).
“It’s a nuisance to parents, but not so much to the baby,” says Mazur. “Unless the hiccups interfere with daily activities like sleeping or eating, there’s no need to see a healthcare provider.”
Babies with gastroesophageal reflux disease may hiccup more frequently. If your baby hiccups often, mention it to her doctor, especially if she spits up a lot or coughs and seems very cranky.
In addition, if your child’s hiccups are uncontrollable, happen very frequently, or occur often after age 1, talk to your child’s doctor. Unusual hiccups can — in very rare cases — be a sign of a more serious underlying medical condition.
As for how to stop hiccups, there are a lot of theories, but pooh-poohs them all.
Don’t try to cure hiccups by startling your baby, pressing on her eyeballs, pushing on her fontanel, or pulling her tongue, which are common folk remedies in some cultures. There’s no proof that any of these methods work, and you could hurt your baby in the process.