Tissue Paper Myth

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Contributed by: Brigitte Rozario

tissue-paper-mythPlace a piece of wet tissue on your baby’s forehead to stop hiccups.

Reason: I honestly do not know and neither does the contributor of this myth.

True or False?

Answer: Mostly True

It actually does work 80% of the time when I tested it over four months.

Hiccups are not a major health calamity, but they can be annoying. At certain times the diaphragm, a muscle separating the chest and abdominal cavities goes into a spasm, and the vocal cords snap shut, making that “hic!” sound. Hiccups may be triggered by indigestion, eating or drinking too fast, laughing on an empty stomach and fatigue – to name just a few culprits.

In babies, hiccups are actually a way for babies to get rid of wind from the tummy and will stop after a few minutes. Most parents actually become quite distressed when they see their babies having hiccups and will try all sorts of remedies to stop them.

Some other methods to stop hiccups:

  • Burp the baby which may help get rid of the air in the tummy.
  • Give baby a drink (either water or milk) but be careful not to overfeed as it may make the hiccups worse.
  • Give baby something to suck on
  • Give baby some sugar or honey ( Not recommended for babies below 1 year )

Personally, I prefer to leave it alone if baby is not distressed as it will resolve itself.

Here’s a riddle for you.

Someone is hiccupping for 30 minutes on a crowded train and only one woman notices. Who is hiccupping?

Answer: The woman’s fetus. Sound unlikely?

In the second half of pregnancy, many babies get the hiccups several times a day, and the mother-to-be may feel her baby hic, hic, hiccupping for 20 minutes or more. And the pattern may continue after the baby is born. “For the most part, such hiccups are perfectly normal and harmless,” says Dr. Pettei M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein School of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City, and co-chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Schneider Children’s Hospital of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York.

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