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10 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Hiccups

10 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Hiccups

What are Hiccups?

Hiccups, medically known as Singultus occur when the diaphragm and the larynx suddenly contract involuntarily at the same time, closing the glottis and preventing the flow of air.

What are the causes of hiccups?

A full stomach can cause bouts of hiccups that go away after sometime. A full stomach can be caused by:

  • Eating too much food very quickly
  • Drinking a lot of alcohol
  • Swallowing too much air
  • Smoking
  • A sudden change in the temperature of your stomach- for e.g. drinking a hot beverage and then immediately drinking a cold beverage
  • Excitement or emotional stress

Clever Ways to Get Rid of Hiccups

Take a deep breath. Hold your nose and take a deep breath for as long as possible.

Breathe into a paper bag. Take a paper bag and breathe into it. Don’t cover your head with the bag.

Massage the top of your mouth. Do this carefully with the help of a cotton swab. If you have a decent gag reflex and a steady hand you can also try massaging the back of your throat and stimulate the cone shaped tissue called uvula.

Eat a spoonful of sugar. This is also another excuse to eat more sugar. Sugar is commonly suggested because of its sticky nature. Sticky foods are known to stimulate the vagus muscle and relive hiccups.

Cough/burp or sneeze. If you manage to do any one of these actions, your hiccups may go away. This is because these actions constrict the diaphragm which indirectly stops hiccups.

Apply pressure on your nose and swallow. Pinch your nose and simultaneously swallow.

Stick your finger in your ear. The branches of the vagus muscle reach way into your ears and they can be stimulated by your fingers. Just make sure you do not push your fingers in too far or too hard.

Try the fetal position. Gently compress your chest by leaning forward and get your knees close to your chest. Hug them for a couple of minutes.

Enjoy a slice of lemon. Eat a small slice of lemon. Place it on your tongue for a while before chewing.

Burp. Many people have aerated drinks and burp, to get rid of their hiccups. However, some physicians warn that aerated drinks can also trigger hiccups.

If none of these methods work for you and in case you have hiccups that last a few days or longer, get in touch with your doctor immediately, to rule out a more serious issue

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