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Smarter Health: How Do You Stop The Hiccups?

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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?  



by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I hold my nose and drink a glass of water. It works every single time for me.
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by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM
When I was a bartender we used to put a sugar packet and wurchester sauce on a lemon and have people suck on it. Worked every time
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by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Sometimes I feel them coming on if I eat a lot of a dry food without drinking in between, so then I just drink water until they go away. They also say that a teaspoon of sugar on the tongue with help.

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by on Sep. 11, 2012 at 3:13 AM

I usually can get rid of them by just chugging a glass of water.   It doesn't seem to matter whether it's warm or cold water for me.  If that doesn't work after 2 full glasses, I'll do the sugar trick.  One-half teaspoon of it on the back of the tongue works for me.

by on Sep. 11, 2012 at 9:12 AM
I tried the sugar trick as a kid. I got the hiccups the other day & a friend made me chug ice water while she held her hands over my ears. It was wierd but it worked.
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by Jenny on Sep. 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM
Hold your death while you swallow 3 times. Stare at/really focus on the tip of a pen or knife...sounds weird but it really works.
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by on Sep. 11, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I just hold my breath.. and I dont drink water with it. Just holding my breath usually does the trick.

by on Sep. 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM

ha ha i just hold my breath or let it pass on its own

by on Sep. 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I usually only get a single hic. SO however, will go on and on... He holds his breath, drinks, spoonful of sugar, but nothing really helps, they just have to go away.
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by on Sep. 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Spoonful of sugar
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