Cure for Hiccups

Hiccups happen when the diaphragm is irritated in some way, making its muscles contract and produce a ‘hic’ sound. Irritations can come from being over full when eating, or when you drink too much alcohol or carbonated drinks, or when you suddenly cough, etc.

There are a lot of ways hiccups can be cured, some are quirky, and some practical. Some might work, and some might not. Here are some examples of them:

  • Drink a couple of glasses of water continuously and swallowing at a smooth and even pace.
  • Gargle warm water with salt for 5-10 minutes.
  • Do breathing exercises, trying to hold your breath for as long as possible.
  • Breathe deeply into a paper bag.
  • Press a cold compress against your diaphragm for 15 minutes.
  • Sipping peppermint or lemon tea.

If hiccups last for more than 3 hours, and there are other symptoms as well, consult your doctor.