Before the baby is 3-4 months old, the contractile function of the cardia is not yet fully developed and the sucking technique is not well mastered. If the baby eats too much or swallows air while drinking milk without burping, it will experience vomiting. During this period, baby spitting is a common phenomenon, and novice parents don’t have to worry too much. Helping newborns hiccup is a great solution, but the method must be appropriate.

Factors affecting baby hiccups

Every baby can belch, but not every time. In fact, whether a baby burps after drinking milk is influenced by many factors.

1. Milk consumption: Each baby has a different amount of food. Sometimes, the baby may not have hiccups due to not having enough to drink, or it may take a long time to produce hiccups due to drinking too much and the breath being compressed in the digestive tract. Nurse Liu Wenqi suggests burping the baby halfway through breastfeeding before continuing feeding; If the baby still hasn’t hiccupped, there’s no need to force it. Just hold it upright and let the gas naturally rise and exhaust.

2. Inhalation air volume: When the baby does not inhale excessive air, it may not necessarily belch at the same time. For bottle fed babies, this is also related to the pacifier design and the size of the pacifier hole. Babies who breastfeed themselves are usually less likely to have the problem of inhaling excessive air because the baby’s mouth and mother’s nipples form a vacuum adsorption, making it difficult for air to enter. Moreover, when breastfeeding, the baby must suck hard and move with the mother’s body. In addition, sometimes the mother breastfeeds in an upright position, so the baby’s entire digestive tract is unobstructed, so it is not necessary to belch when breastfeeding. If the mother is not at ease, she can still help her baby hiccup. If she doesn’t hiccup, try to keep her baby lying on the right side.

3. Formula milk: Generally speaking, it is easier to produce gas when feeding formula milk. One of the reasons is the molecular size of formula milk and whether it is easy to digest and absorb. Each baby also has different levels of absorption of formula milk. Additionally, when feeding formula milk, the baby’s position is almost fixed and the caregiver holds it tightly. So, for babies who drink formula milk, it is recommended that parents help their babies hiccup and avoid letting them lie flat or drink milk without hiccups. It is important to lift the baby and feed it safely.

4. Constitution: Basically, as long as the baby drinks air, they will hiccup, but some babies seem to be more prone to hiccups and produce hiccup gas. This is a constitutional issue related to the baby’s gastrointestinal absorption ability. In addition, the different physiological structures of each baby’s digestive organs can also affect the speed and frequency of hiccups.

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