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Yes: Hiccuping is very normal for newborns and you can expect the frequency to decrease by the time they are a couple months old. Generally the hiccups do not bother your baby and they are not dangerous or causing any damage to your baby. Sometimes feeding or burping your baby can help them go away. ...Read more
Is it normal for babies to hiccup a lot in the womb? My baby does it a lot I'm 33 weeks and all my prenatal stuff was ok and his heart rate was 140s
Yes that can happen: And hopefully the cnadian system will allow u to have another us 34-36 weeks that is an important one cause it gives an est fetal wt, checks the fluid and position of the baby, all of my obs always get one at that time. ...Read more
You don't: These are thought due to a pulse wave sent through the breathing muscle in late pregnancy and early infancy. Proximity of the stomach to the breathing muscle has been implicated and as growth begins to separate the two, the kid quits having episodes. It bothers you more than the kid, ignore it. It will pass soon enough. ...Read more
Pretty much all: Not a rarity or abnormality. Just the baby doing it's thing. No worries. ...Read more
No known association: Over three decades I have never seen any association between the two. I have had an infant with 5 wraps around the neck & no hiccups & hundreds with no wrap & hiccups. Just because the two may appear together on occasion does not mean the one issue was a signal of the other. ...Read more
Is it possible that my babies cord is wrapped around his neck he has the hiccups a lot in the womb 2 times a day at least. Very nervous?
Many do: A neck wrap is common and thought to result around 12 wks when there is more room to flip around. The hiccups are unrelated. I have had healthy infants with as many as 5 wraps and their presence is often noted by poor progress in labor and abnormal changes during labor in the fetal heart rate on the monitor. This rarely causes any issues before the work of labor starts. C-section is often needed. ...Read more
Time: Hiccups are felt due to a wave of energy moving thru the breathing muscle similar to the one that drives the heart beat. Babies often have it late in pregnancy and continue off/on for months after birth. Some theorize a role of the stomach rubbing the diaphram that stops as the baby grows longer & stomach rubs it less. Reguardless, in 3 decades I have found nothing that works consistantly to stop it. ...Read more
Mom's can feel it.: Mom's can feel the fetus hiccuping in the womb. It is a rhythmic movement that is typical of having the hiccups. Infant when they are born hiccup a lot and this slowly improves as the baby gets older. It doesn't seem to bother infants as much as it does adults, and they don't seem to last as long. ...Read more
Quite common: Some have speculated that the close position of the babies stomach to the diaphragm causes a rubbing that triggers the hiccups.This is common & generally continues on through the first months after birth. Once the child grows longer & the stomach can drop away from the diaphragm the frequency declines. It bothers mom's more than the baby. ...Read more
Agree with Dr. F.: I would add that in nearly two decades of pediatrics I have yet to see a baby who is as bothered by the hiccups as the mom is. Usually the mom is worried, and the baby is perfectly fine, hiccuping. A good rule of thumb: if it bothers the baby, it needs to be seen to. If it bothers only the parents, it's probably ok. ...Read more
You can't: This process usually starts before birth and will subside on its own as baby grows longer. Some speculate that the closeness of the baby stomach to the breatiing muscle & frequent feeds set off the process. As baby enlongates, the stomach drops down & quits rubbing the diaphram & the process quits triggering. It bothers adults more than the baby, so let them be. ...Read more
Fetal hiccups are very common and usually last just a few minutes.
They are rhythmic thumps that may start in the second trimester. The speed is dependent what one means by "fast or slow".
If the hiccups, fetal movements, or lack of movement are concerning a patient, it is best to call your md for immediate advice. ...Read more
I am 25 weeks pregnant and recently feel baby hiccups 4-5 times a day. It concerns me as I have heard cord comprssion might be a cause?
Get ultrasound: But most of the times it is a benign issue ...Read more
Normal event: This is a normal finding in many infants. I would expect baby to continue for the first few months after birth. ...Read more
Hi im 36 weeks pregnant. And never noticed baby hiccup before. Untill last few days. He been doing it quite alot. Should I be worried? Thanks
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. ...Read more
Benign variation: Hiccups have been explained as a spontaneous nerve discharge triggering the breathing muscle to tighten in a cycle like a heart beat. Some have suggested the stomach of the newborn rubs the diaphram and triggers the pattern, and that with age the stomach moves away lessening the problem. The most active cases have them before birth. I know of no treatment with any value. ...Read more
See below: Normal. It is a spasm of the diaphragm and nothing to worry about. ...Read more
I'm pregnant and my baby gets hiccups 2 4 times every day is there something wrong? Heart rate has always been good on the doppler and he moves alot.
Hiccups NORMALreflex: Newborns are born with many reflexes (involuntary muscle actions/contractions) that may help with survival. One example is a rooting reflex: touch a baby's cheek, he/she will turn it's head & make sucking movements--as if to 'root out a nipple'. Hiccups are a reflex of the diaphragm (breathing muscle) preparing to do it job: breathing. This is a normal phenomenon. ...Read more