Sneezes Hiccups, and Reflexespublishdate
Newborns may sneeze, and this is typically attributed to the irritation of their nasal passages. The most common irritants, explains Dr. Iannelli, are smoke (and simply smoking outside is not enough), animal dander from pets in the house, dust mites, and mold. During the winter, if the heat is on in the
house, the dry air can contribute to nasal irritation and sneezing. If the sneezing becomes a problem, it can be treated with saline nasal drops and suctioning. A cool mist humidifier may also be beneficial.
Hiccups are not abnormal in newborns and infants. One measure to help reduce the likelihood of hiccups is to make sure your baby is burping well and is not swallowing a lot of air when he eats. While hiccups are usually not a problem and do not need treatment, you can ease the discomfort of them by
letting your baby breastfeed or drink a few ounces of formula.
Among the common newborn reflexes are the rooting reflex, which causes the baby to turn his head when his cheek is stroked; the sucking reflex, which evidences itself as newborns attempt to suck on whatever is put into their
mouths; and the grasp reflex of the fingers and toes. Your pediatrician will also assess the symmetric Moro (startle) reflex.
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