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What is the Best Cure for Hiccups?

Updated on February 19, 2015

An Unlikely Story

Hiccups are one of life's small annoyances for most people. For Charles Osborne of Anthon, Iowa, it was quite a different story. He started hiccuping in 1922 after lifting a 350 lb pig in order to weigh it and then butcher it. 2 marriages and 8 children later, he was still going strong. After about 68 years, his hiccups miraculously stopped in 1991. Unfortunately, he died only 11 months after they stopped. His story marks the longest recorded time for someone that had the hiccups.

Causes of Hiccups

  • Eating too fast can cause you to swallow too much air which inevitably leads to hiccups.
  • Anything that disrupts proper functioning of the diaphragm can cause these. This includes eating too much or having too much fatty food and drinking too much alcohol.
  • It can even just be caused by being nervous or excited.

Curing Hiccups

There are many cures that have been suggested, but only one has worked for me. One day, my mom's 5th grade teacher told her how she got rid of hiccups. This trick has always worked for my mom; so, of course, she passed it along to me. So far, it has never let me down. Here are the steps that can be used to get rid of those pesky spasms:

  1. Get a glass of water and fill it to the brim.
  2. With the glass in one hand, lean over as if you were almost touching your toes.
  3. Close your mouth around the outer rim of the glass; this is the one farthest from you.
  4. Keep your head upside down as you take a few gulps. Make sure to keep your head down as you take your swallows.
  5. Place your head back in its normal upright position and wait to see if your hiccups have vanquished.
  6. If it didn't work, it's probably because the exercise wasn't completed quite right. Start back at the beginning and practice until they are gone

Tip: Don't just take one swallow upside down. It usually takes more then one to do the trick.

How do you cure your hiccups? Please comment below!


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      6 years ago

      Sometimes written 'hiccoughs'... (Hiccups the usual American spelling, though...)

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Alright, ahorseback, I'll be sure to do that. I'm not sure how that will cure my hiccups, but I bet the people around me will feel loved! Thanks for your input. :)

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      Ebower ,The next time you get them do this: run outside wherevver you are and start hugging people , really! Just make sure I'm there first!....:-}

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      I'll be sure to keep that in mind, legitimo! I wonder if it's actually ever worked for a few people, but not for the majority. Thanks for commenting!

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      legitimo 6 years ago from UNITED STATES

      hold your breathe,for 1 min.and a 1/2,old wive's tail.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Great tip, kittythedreamer! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      a spoonful of peanut butter works like a charm!

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      I'm glad you liked it, Hunbbel Meer. Thanks so much for voting!

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Very good information. Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you! Thanks for reading and commenting, stricktlydating!

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      StricktlyDating 6 years ago from Australia

      Great tips and information!