There are two types of hiccups - long and episodic. The main causes of episodic hiccups in children are hypothermia, dry food, overeating, prolonged thirst or increased nervous irritability of the child. Such hiccups do not require medical intervention. Offer the baby to drink water, distract him with something. If the baby is too cold, drink it with warm tea, milk with honey, dress warmer. A good way to stop hiccups is to use deep breathing. Let the baby take a few deep breaths and hold his breath for 10-20 seconds. This will calm the phrenic nerve, and at the same time distract the child. Often episodic hiccups occur in infants in the first months of life. Air when feeds into the stomach and causes colic and hiccups. Take the baby in your arms after eating and hold it upright. After a few minutes, the air will come out and the hiccups will disappear. A baby can hiccup from overeating , signs of overfeeding will be abundant regurgitation. You can try to feed the baby more often, but in smaller portions. Also, the cause of hiccups in infants may be a plentiful leakage of milk from the bottle or breast of the mother. At the same time, the baby chokes, the diaphragm contracts and hiccups begin. In this case, you need to change the nipple or feed intermittently, periodically removing the breast nipple from the baby's mouth. Do not try to rid the child of hiccups by scaring him. You will not achieve the expected result, and the baby will shake the nervous system. With age, hiccups will occur less and less in a child. Even if all of the above methods do not help, just wait, the hiccups will soon pass by itself. Prolonged, debilitating hiccups can be a symptom of organic origin. It is observed with lesions of the brain or spinal cord, with neuritis or compression of the phrenic nerve, with diabetes and some infections. But these diseases are extremely rare in children. Most often, prolonged childhood hiccups are a symptom of any parasitic diseases - helminthic invasion, giardiasis. In case of prolonged hiccups, it makes sense to consult a doctor. It is necessary to examine the child, especially for helminth infections.