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A Few Popular Hiccup Remedies

Getting Rid of Hiccups

Have a drink of water. Try taking small sips of water quickly one right after another. Another trick involves covering your glass with a paper towel so you have to suck the water through the paper towel.

Try a drizzle of honey. Water down a little bit of honey and swallow it slowly so you feel it tickle its way down your throat.

Stick out your tongue. Sticking out your tongue may look rude, but it can have the desired effect on hiccups.  If it doesn’t work, try pulling on your tongue a little bit.​

Take a deep breath and hold it. Try to keep the breath in for a few seconds before letting it out. If that doesn’t work, try taking a few sips of water while holding your breath.

Eat something that takes a little effort. Try eating a substance like peanut butter or dry powdered cocoa that doesn’t easily glide down the throat. 

Relax. Try the polar opposite of being startled. Sit or lie down. Take a slow deep breath, hold it in for a few seconds, and exhale slowly. Repeat.​

Everyone has experienced a bout of hiccups now and then over the years, often at the most inconvenient times and in the most public places.

Hiccups seem to simply occur out of nowhere… without a reason and without warning.  Although, if you stop to think about it, they do seem to happen more frequently at certain times… like when drinking carbonated beverages or after eating too much or eating too fast. Hiccups are usually triggered when the diaphragm becomes irritated and starts to spasm. Excitement, stress, and anxiety can also initiate hiccups.

Thankfully, hiccups usually stop within just a few minutes and are rarely a health concern. There are rare cases when hiccups may signal a more serious medical problem. If you experience a bout of hiccups that lasts longer than usual, seek

medical attention. 

We have all heard about various remedies for curing hiccups, but few are based on scientific facts. The following are a few simple techniques that help some people quiet their hiccups. Many work by disrupting the breathing pattern involved in hiccupping and thereby putting an end to them. It is always a good idea to ask for your doctor’s opinion on these and any other tips you come across. 

Be startled. Everyone has heard this one. Have someone surprise you when you don’t expect it. Make sure you are startled, but NOT frightened to the point where you are shocked or alarmed. It is the intake of breath when you are startled that quells hiccups. ​

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