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Smarter Health: How Do You Stop The Hiccups?
September 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM

I'm not a doctor, nor have I ever played one on TV, but I feel like this quasi-medical question can be tackled.

Paperbagqueen: Help! We are a family of hiccupers - all five of us get the hiccups often. We have tried a bunch of different remedies. Wondering if you knew of any great ways to get rid of these minor annoyances?

Ah, yes. Those little hics and bips that interrupt sleep sometimes as well as conversations. I get them sometimes as does the kiddo. Our body is such an amazing machine, it is no wonder sometimes it gets a little of- kilter. I have tried everything from the usual holding my breath method to odd ones like eating a lemon with dabs of Tabasco sauce (spicy and sour - not so yummy). I have to say, there isn't one that works every single time, but these familiar and not-so-familiar ideas may give you some new options!

-- Hold your breath and drink a glass of water without letting out that breath.

-- Stick your tongue out really far then bring it back in.

-- Eat some sugar (some say to place it on the very back of your tongue).

-- Hold your breath while lying down or with your head hanging off the side of the bed.

-- Chug (and I do mean chug) a glass of really cold water.

-- Jump up and down while holding your breath with your arms up over your head (this is harder than it sounds).

 What is the best method you have found to stop the hiccups?  




  • lil_mama06
    September 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    We like to think we scare them hubby does the lay over the bed one..

  • bwsmommy
    September 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    ive alaways just suffered thorugh them .. nothing has ever really worked for me =( ..

  • Hannahsmommy816
    September 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM

     haha none of those work on me. i just breathe easy and they go away

  • Juniper53098
    September 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Drink out of the opposite side of a glass.

  • charlene_kyle
    September 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM

     lol. I do not have one.

  • Madelaine
    September 10, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    I always do the "hold your breath" trick and it seems to work for me.

  • Flaca43
    by Flaca43
    September 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM
    We eat a teaspoon of sugar. Helps every time!
  • heydooney
    September 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM
    I know a guy who would tell people he would give them $50 if they could hiccup again. It worked every time.

    Then my foreign exchange student told me her grandma always had her drink a glass of water from the opposite side of the glass.
  • bether89
    September 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

     I drink a glass of water as fast as I can.

  • Leelee1008
    September 10, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    holding breath works for me sometimes

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