5 Tips To Stop The Hiccups

By on June 5, 2013

In 1922, a man from Iowa by the name of Charles Osborne was trying to weigh a hog before slaughtering it. While he was doing that he started hiccuping  He did not stop for 68 years. Luckily most of us will never have to endure the hiccups for anything like that length of time. They are, however, annoying when they do come. At worst, they can be painful and tiring. Here are our top 5 tips for stopping the hiccups.


1. Hold your breath

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Everyone knows this one, and it usually works. The breath needs held for a short period of time – there is no point passing out! The best method is to hold your nose and close your mouth, just like you would before jumping into water.


2. Get scared

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Getting someone to surprise you can stop hiccups in their tracks. It has to do with the vagus  nerve, so there is some medical reasoning behind the method.


3. Water

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Slowly sipping ice cold water is a method recommended by some doctors. There are other variations on drinking water though. These include gargling, gulping, and even drinking upside down. That is not an easy task but the best method is to get a glass of water then bend over as far as possible. You then need to drink the water without breathing.


4. Lemon and vinegar

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Eating lemon or vinegar is not the most pleasant of experiences, but if you really want to get rid of the hiccups it might be the only option. For the lemon, cut it into quarters and then take a big bite, as you would an orange. For the vinegar, pour out a teaspoonful and drink.


5. Sugar

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Sugar can help if you can overload the taste receptors in your mouth with the sweet taste. This can shock the hiccups away. It works best if you put a spoonful of sugar, or a sugar cube, at the back of your tongue.

About Damien McGinley

Damien is a professional writer, qualified journalist, father, husband, expert jam-on-toast spreader, rugby fan, and experienced player of games involving dressing up like a knight and building forts. Hails from Belfast.

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