Hiccups usually stop within a few minutes to a few hours.Hiccups that last longer than 48 hours are called persistent hiccups. Hiccups that last longer than a month are called intractable hiccups. While very rare, intractable hiccups can cause exhaustion, lack of sleep, and weight loss. Both persistent and intractable hiccups may be a sign of a more serious health problem and must be checked by a doctor. Most bouts of hiccups go away on their own within a few minutes to a few hours and do not require any treatment.Many home remedies are used to treat hiccups. Most of them involve increasing the level of carbon dioxide in the blood, which usually stops hiccups. Some of these remedies include. Holding your breath and counting slowly to 10.Breathing repeatedly into a paper bag for a limited period of time.Quickly drinking a glass of cold water.Eating a teaspoon of sugar or honey.
at 11:32 PM on Oct. 15, 2010