Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

1 Bump

Where do hiccups come from? that is my inner child speaking LOL


Asked by djavongirl at 12:32 PM on Jun. 15, 2011 in Just for Fun

Level 17 (3,537 Credits)
This question is closed.
Answers (3)
  • When you hiccup, your diaphragm involuntarily contracts. This contraction of the diaphragm then causes an immediate and brief closure of the vocal cords, which produces the characteristic sound of a hiccup. What actually causes the hiccup is difficult to say -- in most instances, there is no obvious cause. Attacks of the hiccups seem to be associated with a few different things: eating or drinking too fast; being nervous or excited; and, having irritation in the stomach and/or throat. In some extremely rare cases, the underlying cause of hiccups can be pleurisy (inflammation of the membrane lining of the lungs and chest cavity), pneumonia, certain disorders of the stomach or esophagus, pancreatitis, alcoholism, and hepatitis. Any one of these conditions can cause irritation of the diaphragm or of the phrenic nerves that supply the diaphragm -- it's the irritation that causes the hiccups.


    Answer by cassie_kellison at 12:38 PM on Jun. 15, 2011

  • cassie_kellison answer. Lol. But I really like your answer too. :)

    Answer by kewi86 at 12:54 PM on Jun. 15, 2011

  • Hiccups are spasms of the diaphragm.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 12:57 PM on Jun. 15, 2011