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Small child, repeated bouts of hiccups, drinking excessive milk. Cause of concern?

Our 20 month old has had repeated bouts of hiccups today. They haven t seemed to really bother or affect her normal behavior, and are mostly concerning because they sound so uncomfortable to us. This is a new development, as she has not had multiple hiccup episodes since she was an infant. She has been asking for a lot of milk and we have let her drink it (it is a new brand and I wonder if it might be the cause). Should we be concerned?
Asked On : Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Dec 2012

Thanks for posting on HCM
Most hiccups usually occur spontaneously with no particular cause as a result of spasm that contracts the diaphragm.
What causes hiccups?
A very full stomach can cause bouts of hiccups that go away on their own. A full stomach can be caused by:
- Eating too much food too quickly
- Swallowing too much air
- Eating certain types of food ( specific for each individual, the milk might be the cause)
- A sudden change in stomach temperature, such as drinking a hot beverage and then a cold beverage.
- Emotional stress or excitement.
What to do, try not giving the milk for a couple of hours. Some antiemetic drugs such as metopimazine (brand name: vogalene) could be used to subdue the hiccup if persisting. Ice cold water can also be helpful ( but i will not advise for a 20 month old).
Hiccups usually stop within a few minutes to a few hours (untreated). If lasting more than 24hours, please go to ER.

Hope this helps
Dr Nsah
Answered: Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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