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How to Stop Hiccup

September 8, 2006 Leave a comment

You have probably experienced a hiccup. It is an involuntary twitching of the diaphragm. It results to a sudden transfer of air to the lungs making the vocal cords close. You may hear “hic” sounds – several hics per minute. While hiccups are not something to be scared of and will automatically stop after a few minutes, a lot of people are embarrassed when experiencing hiccup in public places. Fortunately, there are some ways to stop hiccup. I know and have tried three. I will not take time to explain why and how each one of them works. I’ll leave it to others. What’s important is that it works for me and let’s just hope that it works for you, too.

Drink Water

I learned this from my mother. It works for me when I did not drink for the past hours or when I did not drink after eating a lot or too quickly (I know it’s weird but I’m the kind of person who always forgets to drink).

I used to drink water right after the first “hic” when I was a kid but I have proven that this does not always work. I heard that hiccups can also be caused by sudden or too much drinking. If you think this is what caused your hiccup, drink water may not solve it at all.

Tickling

I was in senior high school when I learned this hiccup cure. I have two friends. One of them, the one sitting at the middle, had a hiccup attack. I was laughing at her (mean me). The other girl said that the hiccup will stop with tickling so the two of us tickled her. I was surprised that it actually worked.

Hold Your Breath

The same girl who had a hiccup attack was the one who told me that hiccup can also be cured by holding your breath. I do this when I am having hiccup and no one’s there to tickle me. I do it for 5 to 10 seconds. Sometimes, I need to repeat it. Well, yes, it is not 100% effective.