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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. 13, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Having someone scare me

by on Sep. 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Eat a pickle. It works every time. Even my 10yo swears by it.

Holding my breath and drinking water has never worked for me.

by on Sep. 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM
I hold my breath.
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by on Sep. 14, 2012 at 7:44 PM

thorazine, but it's a little drastic, lol.

by on Sep. 14, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I hold my breath.

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