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Surefire Way to Get Rid of the Hiccups

Updated on May 25, 2010

Everyone Hate the HIccups (or Hiccoughs)

Sometimes they're downright painful. Sometimes they're just inconvenient. But there's rarely if ever a time when you want them to stick around.

Hiccups are caused by spasms in your diaphragm, which is a muscle located under your lungs that helps regulate your breathing. Babies in-utero get hiccups regularly, as they exercise this muscle and learn how the process of breathing works. Singers train this muscle to help regulate the flow of air when singing. The rest of the population typically uses their diaphragm without even realizing it.

To stop the hiccups (hiccoughs), you need to get your spasming diaphragm under control. The best way to do that is to follow this simple breathing exercise. If at any point during the process a hiccup sneaks up on you, try to work through it. If you can't, then just start over. I have never had the hiccups for more than a minute when using this technique to get rid of them.

  1. Exhale all of the air out of your lungs, until you can't exhale anymore.
  2. Very slowly, start to inhale as if you were sucking through a straw. If a hiccup arrives while you're doing this, just keep going. Put your hand over your stomach, just below your ribs (this is approximately where you diaphragm is) and feel it being pushed out slowly as you breathe in. Your shoulders should not be raised as you breathe, only your diaphragm should push out.
  3. Continue to inhale this way, slowly, until you feel like you can't possibly fit any more air in your lungs.
  4. Once your lungs feel so full of air they might burst, begin doing very small "pants", i.e, breathe out a tiny bit, then in a tiny bit, repeatedly. You should still feel like your lungs are completely full of air, but the panting allows you to breathe and will calm down the spasms of your diaphragm.
  5. Continue panting until you feel that the hiccups are gone.

That's it! You should only need about 30-60 seconds to do this effectively and get rid of those pesky hiccups.


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      RICK 3 years ago

      Just tried it, it worked....thank god. The other method that has always worked for me, up until today, was simply plugging my ears, i.e. putting a finger into each ear. It apparently 0verwhelmed the senses enough to stop the hiccups. Today, for the first time in years, it didn't work. This method here did tho thankfully.

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      Julia 3 years ago

      It works!!!!! Thank You!