So why do we get hiccups? And how to stop hiccup? Well that’s exactly what I’m going to tell you in this Blog.
Hiccups are an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm. Now we’ve all had hiccups and they affect women and men equally. However persistent hiccups are more common in men than women.
Types of Hiccups
So there are actually two types of hiccups. Short hiccups that last less than 48 hours and persistent hiccups that last more than 48 hours. Now persistent hiccups are usually linked to an underlying illness. So you’ll need to see a doctor so they can investigate.
Short hiccups are really nothing to worry about. They can happen due to various different reasons. So sudden excitement is one of them.
How to stop Hiccups?
Now let’s get to the part that you actually want to see how do you stop the hiccups? By the way, before we go to the next bit there are loads of remedies that are said to stop short bout hiccups. But these are all on individual experiences. So there’s no research trials on them to show exactly how effective they are.
But I’m gonna give you all of them. So now let’s actually get to it remedy number one the good old Valsalva maneuver which basically means taking a deep breath in and then trying to push the breath out while holding your throat and voice box closed. It’s like pushing in childbirth or straining when you’re on the toilet. Slightly off-topic but please don’t strain whilst you’re on the toilet because it’s not very good for you.
Remedy number two is from Dr. Eric Voigt and apparently, it’s got a very high success rate. So his tip is to drink water from the opposite side that you usually do. So you’re gonna have to tilt your head down and drink like so. It’s probably gonna make a massive mess so I wouldn’t wear my best clothes when I’m doing it but the theory behind it is because of the way your abdomens going to contract it’ll stop the hiccups.
Remedy number three, swallow a teaspoon full of granulated sugar. Now the theory behind this one is it’s going to stimulate your vagus nerve and make your body forget about the hiccups. So try it I guess if remedy one and two don’t work try remedy three.
Remedy four is again trying to stimulate our vagus nerve to make our body forget about the hiccups. So the other options include sipping on iced water biting a lemon or tasting vinegar. I know delicious right?
Remedy five pull your tongue I know it sounds like I’m making this one up. It’s actually on the NICE guidelines so I guess it could be interesting.
Remedy six is all about breathing so either hold your breath for a short time, breathe fast or breathe into a paper bag. And see if it cures your hiccups it might work.
Remedy seven is to compress the diaphragm by either pulling the knees up to the chest or leaning forward.
Remedy eight swallow water whilst holding the nose closed and remedy nine ask someone to scare you this one used to work really well for me when I was younger.
By the way, maybe we could do our own little science experiment so try these remedies if any of them work for you, if they stop the hiccups leave a comment below and let me know I will tally up the results and leave a comment there as well I think people might find that quite useful.