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10 Oct 2006

Frequent hiccups a problem?
Hi. My son is 5 years old and seems to get frequent bouts of hiccups. Whenever he laughs a lot, or sometimes just out of the blue, he gets hiccups for a few minutes at a time. I'd say he gets between 2 and 4 spells of hiccups a day.
What I want to know is this: Is there anything I should be concerned about? Are the hiccups a sign of an underlying problem? How often can a child of 5 hiccup before I should get worried? He is generally a very healthy child otherwise.
Thanks.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear concerned Daddy
Hiccups are caused by stimulation of the diaphragm.
Read this article - normally it is not dangerous but it can be a sign of irritation of the Phrenicus nerve.
http://www.emedicinehealth.com/hiccups/article_em.htm
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