Q. Is it normal for a newborn to have constant hiccups soon after burping?

Answered by Dr. Vishal Parmar and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M

 

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Hello doctor,

I would like to ask that what causes constant hiccups soon after burping my son is just 3 weeks old and he constantly has hiccups soon after meals and he swallows too much air during feeding. What should I do to help stop them? Secondly, he throws his head and trunk back a lot and his chest is always pushed is it normal?


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Dr. Vishal Parmar
MBBS., DCH., MRCPCH
Child Health, Paediatrics

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Congratulations for the baby. Well, I got your concern. It may be due to GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease). Do as I say. Do proper burping after each feeds, minimum 10 minutes. Make him sleep in somewhat high head position 10 to 20 degrees maximum. Watch for his weight gain. If he is not gaining weight then consult a pediatrician. Many time these things can be controlled with simple measure only. In some cases, we need to give Lanzoprazole but for now, let us wait and watch.

 
 
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