Hiccup Remedies

Pickle Juice

Posted by Jennifer (Hattiesburg, MS) on 04/03/2007
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My 4 yr old son had hiccups for over 4 hours until I gave him a drink of pickle juice. It worked instantly.

Raise Both Arms

Posted by Saba (Mentor, Oh) on 01/31/2013
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Raising both arms up for a few (30) seconds works for me everytime!

Raw Onions

Posted by Cyndy (Vershire, Vt) on 10/14/2013
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My hubby had a bad case of hiccups 16 years ago. He was heading out to the car to put our lunch stuff away, carrying an onion in a baggie, he rolled the baggie down and took a bite or two. The hiccups were immediately gone and he didn't get another one for 14 years (seriously). At work one day (about two years ago) he had a hiccup and was getting ready to eat his sandwich, took out some of the onion and chewed it up. The hiccups did not continue. This morning I was making his steak sandwich and hiccuping from the fridge to the table, etc. I decided to take a couple slices of the onion and - voila! Not another hiccup. I'd heard him talk about it for years, but until today I never tried it. I'm a true believer now.


Posted by Cindy (Illinois, Usa) on 06/29/2020 164 posts
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Other antacids may also work but back when I had indigestion all the time, I also had hiccups and the Rolaids always worked.

BTW, the indigestion, hiatal hernia and acid reflux was all due to chronic dehydration. Since I started drinking plain water, I haven't had any of that nor hiccups so I suppose hiccups might also be a sign of dehydration, I don't know but, indigestion is definitely a sign of chronic dehydration. If one gets indigestion, one is chronically dehydrated. If you have the hiatal hernia and acid reflux, you're quite dehydrated.

Rub Your Right Earlobe

Posted by Ginger (Youngstown, Ohio) on 09/25/2008
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Rub your right earlobe between your thumb and forefinger as soon as hiccups begin. This has worked for myself, my son, and a variety of others I have told.

Sea Salt

Posted by David (Anchorage, Ak, Usa) on 07/11/2013
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When my toddler son has hiccups which is almost weekly I dip my wet finger in a homemade blend of sea salts and place in his mouth. I chase it with a drink of water and he is good almost instantaneously.

Squeezing the Thumb

Posted by Karen (Florida) on 08/14/2013
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I have been studying accupuncture and discovered that by squeezing the thumb hiccups disappear. My dad is 89 and when he gets them it works everytime. If it doesn't try squeezing (on each side of the nail base) other fingertips and see what happens. It sounds weird, however it does work!

Stage Fright

Posted by Lorie (College Station, Texas) on 06/05/2008
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As a teacher, I have had many opportunities to try to cure the hiccups in my students. When a student asked to go get water to stop their hiccups, I would ask for the class's help in 'curing' the patient. I asked the hiccupping student to stand in front of the class and if they hiccupped, they could go get water. The result: stage fright cured them every time.


Posted by Clint (Fort Myers, Fl.) on 09/27/2008
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I found out many years ago that a level teaspoon of sugar with a few drops of water will stop the hiccups right away.

Replied by Arleen
Sackville, Ns, Canada
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I just came on to post this remedy. altho mine is slightly different. when i had bad hiccups in my young teens, for some reason, i grabbed the brown sugar and a glass of boiling water. i musta added 2 good heaping tablespoons. after a few sips, the hiccups were gone. i did this alot in my younger years, but as i got older, either i had no access to brown sugar, or didn't bother as they did go away on their own. but today was wicked. they were bad. so i tried the brown sugar/boiling water again, and it wasn't as effective. the only thing i could figure was, i only used a small amt of sugar. i developed an intolerance to sugar, and very wary of it. it did subside and eventually go away, but not as quick as in my younger days.

years ago i also tried it with white sugar, and it worked, just not as well as brown.

Posted by Jess J (Boca Raton, FL, USA) on 08/10/2008
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As an adult, I've found myself getting hiccups more often than I used to (once every week or two), especially over the last 3-4 years.

Whenever I get the hiccups, my boyfriend is there for me with the sugar because it really, really works.

When swallowing the sugar, I try to make sure it goes to the back of my throat so I can swallow it rather than just eating it. Otherwise, it doesn't work as well. As a previous YEA responder said, you should make sure you swallow the sugar at once or it may take a 2nd packet/spoonful or not work at all.

I've never had a bout of hiccups last past 2 packets of sugar since I found this remedy a few years back, and will carry sugar with me wherever I go for the rest of my life.

Wonderful cheap, fast remedy!

Posted by Patricia (Detroit, Michigan) on 07/03/2008
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My husband is undergoing chemotherapy right now for large Bcell lymphoma. He experiences hiccups after he eats which started right after his first treatment. He doesn't eat fast or gulp air when he eats so we ruled that out. Seems to be a common experience as we read on the internet. We found that a teaspoon of sugar really works! Once he took it the hiccups stopped immediately. Hope other cancer patients read this.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
512 posts

Hi there, If the tsp. of sugar stops working for your husband's hiccups, you might try something I remember a doctor telling me about years ago. He said he was involved in caring for a patient severely injured in an automobile accident. One day the man's brother came to visit and asked how he was doing. They told him the patient seemed to be doing ok at the present but they were unable to stop his constant hiccupping. He said the brother replied, "I can fix that" and left, returning with a sweet potato which he cut in half and placed the cut side of 1/2 of the potato over the patient's navel. According to the doctor, the patient's hiccups stopped instantly and they threatened anyone who dared to move that 1/2 sweet potato from his umbilical area with mayhem.

Posted by Brigitte (Houston, Texas) on 01/11/2008
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Hiccups really do go away with sugar under the tongue. It works no matter what your age. I have used this technique on my children, my husband, and myself. It works great.

Posted by Brenda (Somerville, Ohio) on 04/11/2007
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Rick from Vegas is absolutely right. I have been using the teaspoon of sugar remedy for hiccups for at least 20 years. You must try to swallow the whole teaspoon at once. For severe cases, it does sometimes take 2 spoons, but it always works for everyone.

Posted by Rick (Las Vegas, NV) on 10/06/2006
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Our son would get terrible bouts of hiccups. We tried "everything". One day while baking, my wife offered him a spoonful of sugar while he was hiccupping. He stopped within a minute! It's worked every time since, although a couple of times he needed a second spoonful.

Tabasco Sauce

Posted by Mama to Many (Tennessee, US) on 11/02/2014
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My 12 year old daughter gets terrible hiccups. I used to get them like that too. (It was especially embarrassing one time when on a tour in a cave. The hiccups echoed!)

Anyway, she has tried many things. Honey often works. Recently we were in the car when she got them. We didn't have water or honey. We did have some groceries, including Tabasco sauce. Seeing how cayenne pepper is good for lots of things, I reasoned that maybe this would help, since it is a hot pepper sauce, though not cayenne. I spoke confidently when I suggested it because there can be a mental aspect to something working! She put a few drops in her mouth and her hiccups stopped.

Tabasco or placebo, I don't know. But she was glad to have them over with.

~Mama to Many~