A hiccup or
hiccough is a contraction of the diaphragm that keeps
repeating itself, usually several times per minute. The
name comes from the "hic" sound created by the abrupt
rush of air into the lungs causes the epiglottis to
close, creating a "hic" sound. When that happens, a
person may need a bit of help getting rid of their
hiccups. Here are several tips and tricks that have been
reported to get rid of persistent hiccups:
* Briefly touch one end of a Q-tip to the small piece of
flesh that dangles in the back of your throat (uvula).
This triggers your gag reflex, which interrupts the
spasms of your diaphragm.
* Sit on a chair or stand with legs slightly apart, hang
your head near to your knee and breathe a little slower
than usual at first, then as usual if desired. After the
hiccups disappear, continue for at least one minute.
* Stick out your tongue as far as you can without
hurting yourself and maintain for several seconds.
* Sugar and vinegar. Take one teaspoon white sugar and
one teaspoon of vinegar. If you can handle the taste-
it's worth it. Pour vinegar over the sugar leveling it
in the teaspoon.
* Lemon or orange wedge and bitters. Douse the lemon or
orange wedge liberally with bitters. Eat the doused
wedge, rind and all.
* Plain yellow mustard. Swallow one teaspoon.
* Sugar. Try a spoonful of sugar. Or a sugar cube.
* Ask a person to hiccup in front of a crowd of people.
Another similar reported remedy is to ask the person an
unexpected question, such as “Why does the porridge bird
lay its eggs in the air?”
* Take your hand and pat around the crown of your head
several times. Looks funny but supposed to work great.
* Carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide reportedly cures
hiccups, so simply cup your hands around your mouth and
breathe in and out a few times.
* Finger and thumb. With your right index finger and
thumb, put pressure at the
end part (tip) of your left thumb and maintain for
* The money cure. Take just about any denomination of
money, and quickly tell the person with the hiccups that
you will give it to them if they hiccup again in the
next ten seconds.
* Water. Get someone else to pour a glass of water and
hold it to your lips and then you drink. You must not
touch the glass. Drink as much as they offer. (Of course
they should only offer as much as a person could
handle.) Never fails, as long as the person with the
hiccups does not touch the glass.
* Water and fork. Place the fork tines up in the glass
half or more full of water and try to drink the water
without the fork moving.
* Water and a spoon. Get a tall cup and fill it up with
water. Stick an upside down spoon in the glass with the
cup part of the spoon facing inwards (curved part facing
outwards). Drink the glass of water very fast with the
curved part of spoon pressed to your forehead.
* Water and a straw. Drink a cup of water with your ears
and nose plugged.
* Water and a straw take two. Take a glass of water with
a straw. Set the glass on a counter with the straw in.
Plug your ears and take 10 sips of water through the
straw in a row without breathing through your nose.
* Water and a paper towel. Take one full glass of water
and wrap the paper towel sheet over the rim of the
opening. Drink several gulps of water through the paper
* Water upside down. Fill a glass about 3/4 of the way
full so there is enough room to tip the glass at about a
75 degree angle and the water will be as likely to
spill. Bend over and drink from the opposite side of the
* Think you've tried every water hiccup remedy in the
book? Put a straw in a 6-ounce glass of water, press the
tips of your index fingers into the indentations behind
your earlobes where your neck and jawbone meet, and
drink through the straw. Drink as much as you can while
keeping pressure on those points. When the glass is
empty, your hiccups should be gone.
* A teaspoon of peanut butter. If one doesn't do the
trick then have one more
* If all else fails, go swimming! There is something to
the way that you hold your breath while you are swimming
under water that can't be duplicated when you are not.
Just swim for the fun of it and before you know it, your
hiccups should be gone!
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