Patient Comments: Hiccups - Remedies and Treatment

Everyone has a remedy for hiccups. What's yours?

Comment from: Love my husband, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

My husband told me to go put a pencil in my mouth like you are going to bite down on it, but only bite lightly to keep it in place, next drink a glass of water all at once or slowly if you like. Keep a towel around your neck as you may dribble some. It's amazing, the hiccups were gone in an instant. We are not sure why, it is something to do with keeping the mouth in alignment while drinking water to get rid of the air causing the hiccups. Seriously it works!

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Comment from: alexia, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 21

My mom always told me to lay on the couch and drink a glass of water with my head tilted backwards, as a remedy for hiccups.

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Comment from: Jane, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

My remedy for hiccups is as follows: swallow seven times, take a deep breath, hold it for a count of ten and swallow again. If you hiccup in the middle you should start again, but this probably won't happen more than once, if at all. I don't know where I heard this, but it always seems to work. I figure that as the hiccup is a spasm of the diaphragm, the repeated swallowing counteracts it.

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Comment from: bobby, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 04

My mom use this remedy, just smell fresh onion if you have hiccups, then take some slices of fresh onion tie up in a small cloth and whenever you have hiccup smell it and it will go away like magic.

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Comment from: Deep, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: October 23

My father age 75, faced hiccups problem since last 5 to 6 days continuously. Hiccups at every 2 to 3 minutes and sometime multiple times in single minute. Tried other household remedies but didn't get good result. After he took Spinobak tablet, hiccups are really gone.

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Comment from: TRUONG, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

Pickle juice works every time for hiccups.

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Comment from: BoBo, Male (Patient) Published: October 07

Hiccups are routinely solved by holding a large amount of water in your mouth, holding your breath, plugging your ears, and swallowing the water slowly; never fails.

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Comment from: JukeboxGraduate, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I get the hiccups every day and this works 100% of the time. Fill a glass about 1/2 full with cold water and set it on a counter. Put your thumbs in your ears and pick up the glass with your pinky fingers. Drink as much as you can. It"s okay to stop and breathe so long as you keep your thumbs in your ears. When you can"t drink anymore, keep thumbs in ears until you burp. It may take a few times to perfect this method but once you get it down, it won"t fail you!

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Comment from: Female (Caregiver) Published: March 04

I am a retired pharmacist with 56 years of practical experience. For an infant, dip the dummy in glycerin and put in baby"s mouth. For an older person, a teaspoonful of undiluted glycerin; extremely sweet, but it worked every time.

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Comment from: Dan, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

I have had hiccups for over 50 years. My father has the same condition. When I was about 10 he taught me a technique to stop them. This technique works first time every time for me, but it takes some persistence to master. When you get hiccups stop whatever else you are doing and concentrate on predicting when the next one will occur. I know it seems that they are unpredictable, but with practice you will find subtle precursors indicating that a hiccup is about to occur. Now that you can predict the hiccup you need to force your throat to stay open when your diaphragm spasms. This will effectively turn the hiccup into a gasp. With continued practice the technique became second nature for me and I don't even notice I'm doing it. I almost never get full hiccups anymore. I do get people wondering why I am gasping at seemingly random times. Unless you get hiccups a lot and/or they last for a long time will probably not get sufficient practice to master this technique, also since hiccups are caused by a variety of things I don't know if this will work on your hiccups, but it works for my dad and me.

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