The first time I saw a thread on a baby’s head, I thought it was a mistake and I went “Ah, what’s the thread doing here now?” As I stretched my hand to take it off, baby’s mother stopped me like she would stop a mosquito out to attack her baby. The shock in my face!
Apparently, mother had placed the thread on baby’s head on purpose, because he was having a hiccup. And somehow, for whatever reason her ancestors gave her that thread on the baby’s head was going to stop the hiccups. I’ve never been more puzzled. I don’t know if I’m the only one though.
Hiccups occur when the diaphragm suddenly and involuntarily contracts (tightens), resulting in a hiccup sound being produced at the top of the windpipe. The medical name for hiccups is ‘singultus’.
The diaphragm is a thin membrane of muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdomen (tummy). It is underneath the ribcage and helps to control breathing.
Hiccups are a reflex action, which means that you do not have any control over them. Hiccups are not usually serious and in most cases only last a few minutes.
Hiccups are common and most people will get them at some point during their life. They can affect people of any age, including babies. Men and women are equally affected by episodes of short-lived hiccups.
It is very common for babies under 12 months to get the hiccups. In fact, babies often hiccup in the womb before they are born.
Hiccups are not a reason for concern and they will generally cause a baby no distress. Your baby will usually stop hiccupping within five to ten minutes, but if your baby’s hiccups do not stop within a couple of hours, you should see your doctor.
Babies usually hiccup when they are being fed and will sometimes hiccup for no apparent reason. There is no reason to try and stop your baby from hiccuping, but sometimes a breast feed or some water can help it stop.
If you find that your baby often gets hiccups during feeding, you may want to slow down the feeding to allow time for your baby to be more relaxed.
If hiccups are persistent, or last longer than 48 hours, your doctor will investigate whether an underlying condition may be causing them.
So the connection between thread on the head and contraction of the diaphragm is what again please?
Contributed By: Chisom Nwobodo