How to Get Rid of Hiccups

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Chinese Symbol for the Hiccups

Hiccups are a contraction of the larynx and involuntary spasms of the diaphragm that interrupt airflow and create the distinctive hiccup sound. They can be caused by a variety of things from swallowing air to eating too fast to eating spicy food. Everyone gets them at some point, even babies. Although they usually go away on their own within a few minutes, when they don’t, you may be searching for information on how to get rid of hiccups, so here are some quick tips that may help:

  • Bend over and drink water from the opposite rim of the glass.
  • Blow on your thumb as if you were filling a balloon with air.
  • Breathe into a paper bag.
  • Gargle with water or juice for one to two minutes.
  • Locate your Adam’s apple and apply ice to either side of your neck at those locations.
  • Take a deep breath, tip your head backward, and hold your breath for as long as possible.
  • With assistance, have a person cover your ears with his or her thumbs, while you slowly sip water and hold your breath.

If none of these work there is always the scare tactic, as shown:

 

If that doesn’t work either, here is a web site with 250 hiccup cures, and with that many remedies, it would seem as if something is bound to get rid of your hiccups.

2 Comments

  1. The way I stop hiccups is to press my index fingers in the center of each eyebrow for a few seconds to stimulate the vagus nerve. Stops them immediately for me. It doesn’t work on babies from what I can tell. I learned that watching and ER reality show.

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