Table of Contents
- Hiccup facts
- Why do we hiccup?
- What causes hiccups?
- What about hiccups in infants and babies?
- What are the symptoms of hiccups?
- When should I contact my doctor for hiccups?
- How are hiccups diagnosed?
- How can I stop, get rid of, or cure hiccups?
- Is there medical treatment for hiccups?
- Are there any complications of hiccups?
- Can hiccups be prevented?
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How can I stop, get rid of, or cure hiccups?
Home remedies for hiccups
There are numerous home cures for hiccups. You can try these methods at home to get rid of hiccups:
Methods that cause the body to retain carbon dioxide, which is thought to relax the diaphragm and stop the spasms which cause the hiccups:
- Hold your breath
Techniques that stimulate the nasopharynx and the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the stomach, and can decrease hiccupping:
- Drink a glass of water quickly
- Have someone frighten you
- Pull hard on your tongue
- Bite on a lemon
- Gargle with water
- Drink from the far side of a glass
- Use smelling salts
- Place one-half teaspoon of dry sugar on the back of your tongue. (This process can be repeated three times at two-minute intervals. Use corn syrup, not sugar, for young children.) Continue Reading
Wilkes, G., et al. “Hiccups.” Medscape. Nov 03, 2014
Wilkes, G., et al. “Hiccups Treatment and Management. Medscape. Nov 03,2014
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