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How can I help my four-year-old stop her hickups? (Serious question!)

She's had the hickups all day. Not just mild ones, either, but the kind that make her whole body jerk. She's even thrown up twice. She's miserable and whining for me to fix it. I know how grown-ups can do it, but holdingher breath and swallowing is too hard for her. Can someone help?


Asked by Ballad at 7:18 PM on Feb. 16, 2013 in General Parenting

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Answers (9)
  • Place a butter knife,handle side up, in a glass of water,and have her drink from it with the handle resting against her cheek

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 7:20 PM on Feb. 16, 2013

  • Hiccups this bad means the vagus nerve in her tummy is really irritated, and it may take more than an old wives cure to settle it down. I'd give her an antacid, one with magnesium if you have it. It will soothe this nerve and hopefully stop her hiccups. Gl

    Answer by Nimue930 at 7:29 PM on Feb. 16, 2013

  • Ask her when's the last time she was a white horse? Distractions help.
    Once I was told "I'll pay you a nickel for every hiccup" and wouldn't you know, it stopped and I couldn't manage one for the rest of the night

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 7:30 PM on Feb. 16, 2013

  • Orange juice or pineapple juice works pretty well too. Usually one glass.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 7:35 PM on Feb. 16, 2013

  • glad butterfly's worked

    mine is five
    she drinks water, if still has, i squirt some lemon juice in her mouth

    Answer by fiatpax at 7:57 PM on Feb. 16, 2013

  • My husb showed me another trick that works everytime too (in case you're out somewhere & don't have the knife handy) You give the person with the hiccups the water, w/ a hand on their shoulder & you holding the glass for them while they drink.

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 9:07 PM on Feb. 16, 2013

  • scare her. lol I am a mean mommy. I want to try butterflys suggestion next time. That is cool that it worked.

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 9:16 PM on Feb. 16, 2013

  • Have her drink some water. Or try scaring her or take a deep breath in.

    Answer by Im-HiDdEn at 10:07 AM on Feb. 17, 2013

  • Hot damn! It worked like a charm!

    Comment by Ballad (original poster) at 7:29 PM on Feb. 16, 2013