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13 Year Old Mallory Kievman Invents Cure for the Hiccups

Updated on June 11, 2012

Mallory Kievman

For those of you who suffer with bouts of hiccuping, especially if like me you have particularly loud or funny sounding hiccups, people find them hysterically funny, all I know is that mine go on for hours and they hurt like hell. I've even been sent home from work (not such a bad deal) because they were so loud they drove my boss crazy.

There are of course hundreds of home remedies and suggestions out there on how to rid yourself of the hiccups - and no doubt you have a favorite - as a child I used to go and practice my clarinet as the constant blowing seemed to get rid of excess air, it didn't always work but it was always worth a try. But the next time you get a bad case of the hiccups, you might want to give the Hiccupops a try, Hiccupops are the hiccup-stopping lollipops which are scheduled to hit the market this Summer.

Invented by this innovative 13-year-old, yes she's only 13, Mallory Kievman from Conneticut devised these amazing sweet cures after she suffered a stubborn bout of the hiccups two years ago. The pre-teen tried out about a hundred folk remedies and suggestions and at some point in the process she realised that she could combine her three favorite cures; sugar, apple cider vinegar and lollipops to make an tasty product that worked.

Apparently it is the combination of ingredients that triggers a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex, the ingredients in the Hiccupops over-stimulates these nerves and cancels out the message to hiccup.

Mallory Kievman may be a teenager but she is already in talks to market her amazing product and has filed for a patent with the help of intellectual property lawyers and has her own team of graduate business students from her hometown University acting as her team of consultants.

Kievman and her team hope to get Hiccupops onto pharmacy shelves in the States this Summer, so until this amazing product arrives we're just going to have to stick with our old remedies but keep an eye out for this amazing cure and when you do try it let me know what you think of it.

What's your favourite remedy for hiccups?

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      Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      It lasted for years but seems to have mostly disappeared over the last few years, I did have a 2 day bout of it last year but that was the only reoccurence, and the doctors had no idea why I used to have them.

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      John Coviello 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Having hiccups for a week sounds like a serious problem. Have you figured out a way to make them go away?

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      Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      Haven't seen them in the shops in the UK so no idea if they're actually going to produce them. For years I suffered with very bad hiccups that lasted for up to a week at a time and were quite violent, my children even filmed me as they thought it was highly amusing, it was in fact quite painful and no amount of different breathing techniques or focusing helped me in any way but I'm very glad you were so successful.

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      John Coviello 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Interesting. I wonder how effective these hiccup-stopping lollipops have proven to be after being used by real people? I find just breathing slowly and focusing my mind on stopping hiccups works for me.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      great information about hiccups...

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      anon 5 years ago

      I'll have to try it to believe it..