Why do we get Hiccups? How to deal with them?

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  1. oxymoron profile image57
    oxymoronposted 13 years ago


    1. Flavie Lolol profile image65
      Flavie Lololposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Hold your breath for 1 minute or so, or better still, drink a glass of cold water.

      1. oxymoron profile image57
        oxymoronposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        It worked for you?

  2. profile image57
    fun2hubposted 13 years ago

    I want to know this too... Where do we get sneeze from?

  3. Carmen Borthwick profile image61
    Carmen Borthwickposted 13 years ago

    distension or expansion of the stomach and movement of stomach acid into the esophagus

  4. elayne001 profile image81
    elayne001posted 13 years ago

    I usually get hiccups when I drink water the wrong way - I heard of one girl who had hiccups for several weeks straight and they determined it to be a psychological problem. There are several reasons why we get them. They can even signal kidney failure. Some days I might get them several times and then not have them for weeks. So are you having the hiccups?

    1. oxymoron profile image57
      oxymoronposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the informative responses.

      No, just wanted to know.

  5. Lisa HW profile image62
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    This is gross, but I eat a level teaspoon of dry sugar (or a packet of it - the kind you get at a restaurant).  I stops them for me (and my kids) every time I get them.  There's something about the granules hitting the diaphragm that "snaps" it back to normal.

    1. ediggity profile image59
      ediggityposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      This works like a charm, and it tastes goo also.

    2. oxymoron profile image57
      oxymoronposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Sugar works, yes!

  6. ddsurfsca profile image71
    ddsurfscaposted 13 years ago

    Hiccups are the result of a spasm of your diaphram, how to get rid of them, not sure....

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      shazwellynposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yep this is the correct answer! hehehe

    2. Stimp profile image61
      Stimpposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      This is absolutely correct.  I naturally breath through my diaphragm because I sing....so to get of them you need to stop the diaphragm from spasming....to do that....take huge breaths into your diaphragm to impede it from spasming, because it can't if its full of air. (you will know if you are breathing into your diaphragm IF your stomach moves outward when you breath in and not your chest).  Hold that breath as long as you can....then very very slowly release the breath.  THEN, you're not done yet, take a couple more very very deap diaphragm breaths again and slowly release them as well.  Another trick and I haven't a clue why this works but I used to also be a bartender and this is a trick we used....Bitters and Lime.  Take a piece of some sort of high acid content fruit (grapefruit, lime, lemon)...douse it in  bitters and suck on the fruit.  It tastes nasty but it works almost every time.

  7. bojanglesk8 profile image60
    bojanglesk8posted 13 years ago

    Hold your breath.

    1. LOT2DO profile image39
      LOT2DOposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      How long?!

      1. Pearldiver profile image68
        Pearldiverposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        To Completely get rid of them... Hold Your Breath for 3hours, 14mins and 3seconds! smile

        This method is guarranteed and also gets rid of any other worry that you may currently have, or may have in the future! yikes

        1. LOT2DO profile image39
          LOT2DOposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Have you practically tried it yourself? lol

          1. Pearldiver profile image68
            Pearldiverposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            I'm a Pearldiver FGS... It's amazing how long we can hold our breath lol

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    mpchekuriposted 13 years ago

    Many causes but in most cases by low sodium levels in body.

  9. kirstenblog profile image79
    kirstenblogposted 13 years ago

    I usually can 'drink upside down' and that works. You do this by drinking from the far side of the cup instead of the near side or usual side. Its a bit messy and tricky but once you get the hang of it it seems to work most of the time smile

  10. frogdropping profile image78
    frogdroppingposted 13 years ago

    @PD - I'm awaiting with baited breat to see how long before someone asks what 'FGS' means smile

    As for hiccups - no one really knows why we get them. And there's no point to them either. They don't make anything better or worse. They just happen.

    They're a pointless little puzzle. A bit like wasps smile

  11. Pearldiver profile image68
    Pearldiverposted 13 years ago

    "For Google's Sake" FD lol

    1. frogdropping profile image78
      frogdroppingposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      lolol PD - you totally spoiled my Sunday. You gave out free information ... tongue

      1. Pearldiver profile image68
        Pearldiverposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Sorry About That FD... It was Monday here... A WORK DAY lol
        I should have realised that it was Your Sunday LiLy Pad Day..in your part of the big pond... Damn: You'll have to settle for DragonFlies smile

        @ Lorlie....... That BS must Really 'Tick' her off lol

        1. lorlie6 profile image73
          lorlie6posted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Well, at least she's ladylike, I suppose!

        2. lorlie6 profile image73
          lorlie6posted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Ha, ha, by the way...

  12. lorlie6 profile image73
    lorlie6posted 13 years ago

    I have a step-daughter whose doctor claims her hiccups are a form of Tourette's.

  13. Sauvignon profile image60
    Sauvignonposted 13 years ago

    My little girl got the hiccups really bad the other day; first in a long time.  For the first ten minutes or so she would hiccup then start giggling after each hiccup. Even I was laughing. Once it started winding up to fifteen minutes she didn't giggle so much and started pouting on verge of tears.  So I started a pillow fight and tickle war with her for a good five minutes or so and they were gone!

    Some people's theory say the hiccups ended due to the heightened heart rate, others say it's the distraction that does it.  Either way- it worked for her!

  14. mistyhorizon2003 profile image88
    mistyhorizon2003posted 13 years ago

    My Sister gets them more since she had a stroke aged 28, (she is now 44), apparently this is not unusual.

    I have been told it is a spasm of the diaphragm, and the best way to cure it (which has always worked for me and for friends of mine, is to lay on the floor on your back, legs together and arms outstretched (crucified position), and then hold your breath as long as you can manage. After this, stand up and your hiccups are gone. (I was given this tip by a singer, and as you probably know, the diaphragm is an important part of singing, so I guess he knew what he was talking about).

  15. Divamommy profile image61
    Divamommyposted 13 years ago

    I cant say that i know why we get hiccups. But i know that every since i was a Child we we got hiccups are parent would have us get a glass of water and sip it. With each sip they would tell up to hold are breath. it has worked for us....Its funny because after seeing this hub i contacted my siblings to ask what they do for there hiccups and they all said the same thing. I hope this helps.

  16. HWP profile image61
    HWPposted 13 years ago

    The only way I have ever found to get rid of my hiccups is to hold my breath, shut my eyes and stick my fingers in my ears - sensory deprivation I guess - works a treat though :-)

  17. Healthyminds profile image61
    Healthymindsposted 13 years ago

    i always try holding my breath for 30 seconds, it doesn't work !

    1. Stimp profile image61
      Stimpposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      You have to breath in through your diaphragm....not your lungs.  It'll work then.

  18. profile image49
    Max Joeposted 13 years ago

    Hiccups cant be cured in any other means. I feel we can cure them by just start thinking about something else other then the hiccups that should help. Rest others i am not sure. It works for me atleast..! Think about your gf lolz...

  19. Chloe Comfort profile image60
    Chloe Comfortposted 13 years ago

    Both my kids get the hiccups when they laugh - I mean really laugh. Once they start, the hiccups aren't far behind. Have no idea why.

    I remember feeling my son hiccup all the time when I was pregnant. Must have been having a really good time - no wonder he was 5 days late.

    I also recommend the sugar - works every time.

  20. LOT2DO profile image39
    LOT2DOposted 13 years ago

    Hiccups are gone when someone(or something) frightens, how it works?


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