Someone will invariably try to
scare you when you have the
hiccups. This usually involves
sneaking up behind you and yelling
“boo!” The theory behind the
scare tactic is that your normal
breathing pattern will be disrupted
as you gasp in horror. Whatever,
this sure is a fun and innocent
thing to do.
Hiccups occur when your diaphragm involuntarily sucks
air into your lungs and your throat quickly closes to seal
off your windpipe. Once this happens, hiccups can occur
repeatedly. All home remedies involve the same basic
theory that disrupting the pattern will stop the hiccups.
In reality, hiccups are almost always harmless and
getting rid of them can be quite fun. Good luck in your
hassle with hiccups!
Fright, the Old Standby
Get Rid of Hiccups
Mary Poppins would like the number
one food cure. Eat a spoonful of
sugar to resolve your hiccup
maladies. Eat three spoonfuls if
one does not work. Other food
cures involve wolfing down bread as
quickly as possible and snarfing large
quantities of sticky substances like
peanut butter and honey.
My favorite fix involves swallowing seven saltine crackers in less than one
minute. Of course, everybody knows that this is impossible to accomplish.
Hiccups occur when your diaphragm
convulses, causing you to involuntarily gulp
air. When your body senses the unexpected
intake of air, it says “no, no!” and snaps shut your throat
at the glottis. The whole process takes about 1/30 of
a second, just long enough for you to emit the ever
so popular “hic” sound.
What are Hiccups?
A Well Done Hiccup Video
The hiccup is one of the most mysterious maladies known to man. No one knows what
causes hiccups and it seems that no one cares either. There is currently no serious
research being performed in the field of hiccupology and the no new remedies have come
about in years. Luckily, there are approximately 2,622 known cures for hiccups. We can
not list them all, but this article examines the most popular and well known.
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The most popular hiccup remedies involve
drinking water in unusual ways and
patterns. Drinking a glass of water holding
your breath is a favorite cure. So is
drinking water in 15-20 small sips. If that
does not work, try drinking water while
bent over or while standing on your head.
I’ve never tried to drink while standing on
my head, but I would think this is quite
These hiccup solutions are sure to bring a good laugh, and may even improve your situation. Try running
around in circles, doing somersaults, squawk like a chicken, walk like a chicken, sing the alphabet song
three times without breathing, pull your tongue for one minute, press your eyeballs, tap your forehead,
stick your fingers in your ears and pinch the skin between your thumb and index finger. Hey, they may not
work but at least you will amuse yourself.
Try holding your breath for as long as possible after gulping in the most air
possible. Doesn’t work? Try exhaling all your air and then hold your breath.
Doesn’t work? Try repeated blowing into a paper bag. Not for you? Blow up
a balloon over and over again. Still nothing? Laugh like a villain in an old-time
movie. You know, “Aah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!”
Air is the Culprit
Although no one knows why your
diaphragm convulses to start a
hiccup, it is known that hiccups
usually occur when there is too
much air in the stomach. This could
be the result of drinking carbonated
beverages, swallowing too much air
when drinking through a straw or
eating too fast. Hiccups can be
difficult to stop once they begin and
most cures focus on disrupting the
air flow to the stomach.
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