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Hiccups several times, 5 years, vomitting - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   my 5 year old daughter keeps getting the hiccups several times a day and they last for at least an hour, now she is almost vomiting when hiccuping, should I be concerned?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Since when is she having these symptoms?
User :   the last couple of weeks and they seem to get worse every day
Doctor :   Do you find any factors which precipitates or aggravates these symptoms?
User :   no, they just seem to start out of the blue
Doctor :   Ok
User :   nothing seems to make them worse they just start
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Hiccups occur due to irritation of the diaphragm muscles.
Doctor :   They are as a result of gastric irritation.
Doctor :   The treatment in such cases involves measures to control the gastric irritation.
Doctor :   I shall suggest you few measures that should help
Doctor :   1. Use antacid syrups such as Syp gelusil 2tsp before food for a week and later during the episodes of the hiccups.
Doctor :   2. Avoid spicy food, junk foods and restrict chocolate consumptions.
Doctor :   3. Plenty of water after each meal will also help in preventing the symptoms.
Doctor :   4. Follow a strict diet pattern and be as regular as it can be.
Doctor :   5. Lastly if the symptoms are recurring and with multiple episodes per day, or if they do not respond to these measures, then I would suggest you to consult your doctor - pediatrician or gastroenterologist for physical examination.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes, Thank you very much. can I get that antacid syrup at any pharmacy or store???
Doctor :   * Too much caffeine consumptions is also one of the factors, hence also restrict those.
Doctor :   Yes, the antacid syrups are Over the counter medications and you can get them at a pharmacy easily.
Doctor :   syrup gelusil and syp mucaine gel are two of the commonly available antacid syrups.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   wonderful thank you, and no problem on caffine she is only five. she eats well balanced meals as well, with rarely any junk goods
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   that is all, thank you very much
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
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