What reliably heals your hiccups
How to cure hiccups quickly
Hiccups are the worst. Whenever I get them, I get them badly. I usually have constant hiccups for 30 minutes to an hour, which is a distraction for me and my family. I've heard of tons of ways to get rid of them, how to take a deep breath, drink water while sitting upside down, or hold your breath. None of them worked. What's a quick and easy way to get rid of the hiccups?
There are many reputed folk remedies for hiccups. With some of them working at all, it's not clear to what extent this is due to physiological or psychological reasons, or just because the hiccups eventually go away on their own and people only remember that it went away while they were trying something.
For medical advice, I refer you to threads on Skeptics Stack Exchange:
These two methods are unlikely to work, although these threads do not provide conclusive evidence that they work.
One method that seems to work for several people (including me) is to swallow as much air as possible and keep the tension on your diaphragm. I breathe in so deep that I can't, then hold my breath for about a minute. it usually works for me. I don't know how physiological this is. Tanath reports that it "works immediately, every time" (for me it takes about a minute and only works most of the time). John C notes that what matters is the tension of the diaphragm, not the holding of the breath per se (I can confirm that if I do not fully inhale before holding the breath, I can confirm that it will not work)
NYU Medical Center offers several possible remedies with no explanation:
- Eat hard-to-swallow items like granulated sugar or molasses
- Suck on ice cubes
- Choke on purpose
- Valsalva Maneuver - Hold your breath and hold yourself like a bowel movement
- Inhale into a bag
One method is to fill your lungs with air. When they are full, pull in a little more, then press very firmly for fifteen or twenty seconds. The purpose is to relax the diaphragm and stop the cramping. Doing this a few times should stop the hiccups.
When this doesn't work, the official cure for people who cannot hiccup for several hours is to stimulate the vagas nerve. The vagas nerve can be stimulated through an orgasm or with a finger to massage the anus. http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/09/04/3582324.htm
I never failed to hold my breath. However, some people think this won't work for them, but I suspect it's because they aren't using the correct technique when trying. I've met several people who had bad hiccups and when I asked them to hold their breath they turned down the idea of saying, "I tried this and it didn't work." When I told them the correct technique and they tried, they were healed!
Basically, as Gilles says, you have to hold your breath deeply, as deeply as possible, that is, bring as much air as possible into the lungs. You'll also need to hold your breath at least about twice as long as you did when you hiccuped. So if you have hiccups every 10 seconds, you should hold your breath for at least 20 seconds. You should hold your breath immediately after hiccups. If you wait to hold your breath just before another hiccup, this method won't work.
One teacher showed a method that worked very reliably when her students (at a public school for English girls, if that makes a difference) had hiccups. She asks the girl with the hiccups to head the class and, with some ceremony, asks the girl to hiccup in front of the entire class.
The girl then has a time limit (about 60 seconds) to get hiccups and the class shouts encouragement. This - she told me - cures hiccups, and it worked on the occasion that she demonstrated it to me.
This may vary a lot by culture and age, but I suspect that having to perform in front of a lot of people is something and the nervousness and anxiety that comes with it suppresses the hiccups.
I thought it was worth adding because it's the strangest method I've ever seen. Personally, I drink water while someone else is telling me to start or stop at random intervals.
There are a ton of methods people will swear by, but the ultimate point of all of the methods is to really focus on something else to take your mind off them, and they usually leave for some reason!
I use a couple of methods and one that I've never failed:
Allow someone else to do something for you give drink. If you have someone on hand, have them pour a glass of water or something in their mouth as you are not used to panic (you will drown if they don't stop) and after about 5-10 seconds of drinking they will be completely gone . That’s anyway with my personal experience!
- Drink a glass of water upside down.
Right, this requires a picture to explain:
As you can see from this beautiful picture, you may not be upside down, but kind of ... Basically this is just very confusing and requires immense concentration to rip off and usually also to cure hiccups!
There are a couple of other methods I've tried that others swear by, but they never get that good (if any) results:
- Hold your breath for 20 seconds
- Let someone scare you (never works if you know they'll scare you ...)
If you run out of wind, they will be 100% healed. Find someone and ask them to give you a light but firm slap on the stomach if you are not careful. It doesn't take a lot of force to get the wind out of someone who doesn't know what's going to happen. That doesn't mean gasping for air, you can kind of blow the wind out of someone's body, and that works just as well.
Whether you are ready to do this or not is up to you, but it worked for me and for others on my college / party days. Nothing ruins a night like a hiccup that just won't go away, and 10 seconds of discomfort seemed worth it!
Nobody ever mentions this, but I realized that if I imagine myself being pissed off at something and screaming loudly about it for a few seconds, the hiccups never recur.
"Holding your breath" is as good as right, but it lacks the crucial point - you need to hold your breath , that is, exhale, and then don't inhale for as long as you can manage. Sometimes you need to repeat this a couple of times as well. Probably causing a subtle change in blood chemistry or something, but anyway, I can promise you it will work.
My solution is to take a quick breath and correct your pose: straighten your back and head. After that, calm down as much as you can. You are nonexistent. Breathe in and out slowly in the same rhythm. You are in total control of your body. After 5-10 seconds, my hiccups are gone and I'm relaxed.
My technique is similar to Francis Davey's, but does not require an audience.
I say out loud, "I don't have the hiccups. I had the hiccups up until now, but they stopped and I no longer have the hiccups." Or something similar. You have to insist.
I think this works better if you then focus on something other than hiccups. The crucial element, however, is psychological falsification - we all know from experience that just thinking of something else cannot help.
This method works very reliably for me and for the friend who taught it to me, but since it relies on psychological tricks I am not sure if it will work for everyone.
I have observed that hiccups occur after a certain interval of time.
So start counting first when hiccups occur and until the next hiccup.
For example: - You have the next hiccup in 10 seconds.
When the hiccups come, start counting, take a glass of water and take a sip 2-3 seconds before counting the hiccups and continue drinking water.
It will stop if you drink the water just when the hiccups occur. This technique always works for me. Try it.
The surefire, never-failing method for me is to simply drink water in small, quick sips without breathing until I have to breathe. By the time I breathe, the hiccups are gone.
Other methods, holding your breath, taking a deep breath, etc., always require more than one attempt.
This is my grandma's solution to stopping the hiccups and it worked for me all along.
The solution is simple:
Take small sips of water 7 times in a row.
Hope that helps. Try to share with others if this works.
I always take deep breaths and try to hold it for as long as possible. Sometimes I have to try two or three times before it works, but at some point it always does (usually on the first or second try).
I learned this method from the water drinking trick (swallowing water until you have to breathe). I use this because I don't always have water on hand.
Take a round spoonful of peanut butter and swallow it all down. Do not rush as the consistency is quite thick. Doing this multiple times (usually twice with large teaspoons) will generally give you great results.
I've had the hiccups for years.
Hiccups can be caused by many reasons, as other posters may tell you. One of them is stress / Jitter .
I had an extremely bad hiccup a few months ago. I'm glad nobody but me was unlucky enough to watch. It would by no means stop what I found on the internet rather a very strange one:
Watch the hand of a clock closely for a minute or two. Focus solely on the second hand and try to count how many hiccups you have.
The result is you Can't count more than 3 hiccups , because they suddenly stop .
I'm pretty sure there is a scientific explanation for this, but it worked for me and a few other people.
Although my source is just a blog and is in Portuguese, this is where I got the tip and some other users claimed that this technique works for them too.
I did it as a last resort and didn't think it would work, but it did. Later that day the hiccups came back and I use the same technique to stop them so it worked for me twice.
Burp. My hiccups are caused by air bubbles getting caught in my throat. Therefore, upward belching of the trapped bubbles heals the hiccups.
This solution has a 100% success rate but it has some really bad side effects that you may not want to use it.
Take a bucket of water, put your head in the water, take your head out, and put it back in until you are healed.
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