Hic... Hic… you know the branded sound of hiccups, which doesn’t seem to go and you feel like you are going to live with this sound forever. Although hiccups last only for few minutes, you feel like you are not able to do anything until the noise coming out of you stop. Actually, hiccups are the reflex spasms of the diaphragm and the sound ‘hic’ is produced by the rapid closure of the glottis. It is sometimes a symptom of indigestion. Although medically hiccups don’t have any so-called cure and doctors generally snubs the home remedies as just a fallacy, common people swear by these methods. Explore the following pointers to know the tips for curing hiccups.
How To Stop Hiccups
- Take a tablespoon of sugar. If the hiccups don’t stop, repeat taking sugar two to three times.
- Drink a glass of water without stopping. Many people vouch by this method.
- Instead of cribbing about your hiccups, divert your attention towards something else and completely concentrate on it. Your hiccups will be gone in few minutes.
- You can also use the holding of breath method. Take a deep breath, hold it in for as long as possible, and exhale slowly. It also is supposed to give a relief from hiccups.
- Burping also helps in getting rid of hiccups. You can swallow air until you feel like burping and then burp to see your hiccups all gone. You can also drink water until you feel like burping.
- Hiccup generally comes in a rhythm. Around the time, you feel hiccup coming, cough, or scream loudly. Repeat it for three to four times until your hiccup are gone.
- You can also swallow almond butter. Take a big spoon of almond butter, hold it in your mouth for few seconds, and then swallow it without chewing. You can also use peanut butter for that matter.
- Drinking a teaspoon of vinegar also helps in getting rid of hiccups. However, don’t repeat this process many times and use any other method if the symptoms still persists.
- Sucking your stomach also works for many people and you can do whenever you feel the start of hiccups. Suck in your stomach for about ten seconds and the release the air very quickly. It almost always works.
- You can also press the indentation between the nose and the upper lip and hold it for thirty to forty seconds. This helps in ending the nerve’s message back to the diaphragm and helps in getting rid of hiccups.
- Take a gulp of water but don’t swallow. Now pull down your both earlobes, tilt your head back, and swallow the water.
- Take a deep breath and hold it in. now cover your nose and mouth so the air doesn’t go out. Now try moving your diaphragm rapidly like you were breathing in and out and exhale. You will find no more hiccups.
- You can also try breathing in as much as you can until it becomes impossible to take in more air. Now exhale slowly and breathe normally. It helps in resetting the diaphragm and thus helps in getting rid of hiccups.
- You can also use the trick taking air and water from two straws simultaneously. Take a glass of water and keep a straw inside it and another one pressed up next to the side of the glass on the outside. Now put both the straws in your mouth and take a gulp from it. You will find your hiccups gone with few gulps.
- You can also breathe inside a paper bag to get rid of hiccups.