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A 28-year-old female asked:

Iv got a 4month old baby nd the problem is that she sometimes have those hiccups that occur when crying alot, but it happens to her even when she is not crying, even when she is asleep, she tends to be woken up by it and cries?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Hiccups are caused by diaphragm irritation. In infants, the most common irritant is dilation of the stomach because this sits right under the diaphragm in babies. The stomach dilates when infant crying because baby swallowing air when crying. Also often occurs after feeds when stomach full and during sleep in sleep position pushes stomach up to diaphragm. Burping helps. Change in position may help
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