are definitely annoying and we’ve all experienced that at least at
one point in our life. But what are they? Well, technically speaking
hiccups are the result of involuntary spasm in your diaphragm. It’s
hard to tell what causes them since there’s a myriad of reasons
that vary from person to person. For some people, hiccups might be
caused by spicy food, eating too much too quickly, drinking a fizzy
drink or alcohol, for others hiccups are caused by anxiety, stress,
excitement or sudden change in temperature. Usually, hiccups are
harmless and stop on their own within a couple of minutes. But if you
want to try and stop them sooner here are a couple of things you can
One of the tried and true tricks is to hold your breath and swallow
Try to take slow and measured breaths. Deliberately control your
breathing for a minute.
Alternatively, you could try holding your breath for 20 seconds at a
Breathing into a paper bag helps some people too.
Attempt to exhale while keeping your mouth closed and your nose
Sit down and hug your knees for 2 minutes. It’ll physically put
pressure on your diaphragm which might stop the hiccups.
Another physical method of compressing your diaphragm is to lean on
something or just bending down to hug your legs.
Slowly sip on ice-cold water. Doing this can stimulate the vagus
nerve in your neck and stop the hiccups.
Quickly drink a glass of water.
Drink a glass of water without stopping to breathe.
Suck on an ice-cube. The combination of the sucking motion and cold
water could help.
Gargle ice water. This is meant to work the same way as slowly
drinking cold water.
Eating a spoonful of sugar is an old trick but it works for some.
14. Similarly, eating a spoonful of peanut
butter is meant to work too.
Suck on a wedge of lemon. Something about the sour taste helps to
Put a drop of vinegar on your tongue – the bitterness of the taste
will stimulate the muscles in your tongue and throat and the hiccups
Rub the back of your neck, it might stimulate the nerves and the
hiccups should stop.
Pull your tongue forwards with your fingers or just try to stick it
out as far as you can. This will stimulate the muscles in your throat
and might help to stop the hiccups.
your hiccups persist for more than a day you should probably go see a
doctor. It could be nothing or it could be a symptom of something
more serious. If your hiccups are accompanied by pain, you should
seek medical help immediately.