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Is it normal that my baby get's hiccups a lot?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yes: It's even possible to have hiccups before birth; obs sometimes see the characteristic movements of unborn baby's diaphragm on prenatal ultrasound.
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Dr. Paul Leadem
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Yes: All babies get hiccups, however a baby that also has frequent spitting , choking, gagging, coughing, or painful crying may have a condition callled gastro-esophageal reflux or g.E.R.D. Talk to your pediatrician for steps you can take to control this. Medications may be prescribed for more severe cases.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Yes: Babies normally do seem to hiccup more often than older children do. If the hiccuping is too much, say more than 20 minutes a day for more than 2-3 days a week, the parent should talk to the doctor to see if there is a medical reason for the hiccuping. If a normal baby has a few minutes of hiccuping every couple of days, that is likely normal behavior, and will decrease as the baby gets older.
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