Hiccup Remedies

Sugar
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.


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.


Vinegar
Posted by Klars (Ottawa, Canada) on 03/31/2007
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The only thing that has ever cured my hiccups has been to take a swig of vinegar. It burns terribly all the way down but instantly that looming hiccup feeling dissipates.

For those with real trouble with hiccups, who can hold their breath until they turn blue while standing on their head drinking water only to resume hiccuping afterwards, I can't recommend the vinegar highly enough. Often I get them when I've eaten too much and drinking water or eating peanut butter seems to just make them worse. I was skeptical, but elated to discover that vinegar works.


Peanut Butter
Posted by Brian (Lexington, Kentucky) on 03/30/2007
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Peanut butter cured my son's hiccups. My step son had the hiccups this morning. Hiccups are bad for him because he is going through chemo and hiccups sometimes cause him to vomit. I found the peanut butter cure on your website and tried it. It worked! I was so surprised and happy that I told my wife about it on the phone (she was at work) and she said that she had known about the peanut butter cure for years and had always used it. Thanks to Kristopher from Houston and to Earth Clinic.


Peanut Butter
Posted by Kristopher (Houston, Texas) on 03/20/2007
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A teaspoon of peanut butter has worked to cure hiccups for myself, my wife, my son, my mother and just about every other member of my family and any of the friends I've told.


Water and the Help of a Friend
Posted by Pam (Arlington, TX/United States) on 11/24/2008
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I have a similar remedy for hiccups. It takes water and the help of a friend. Have the person with hiccups drink about 1/2 glass of water (4-6 oz.), breathing normally. While they are drinking, someone else must pull up their earlobes. Works every time. Even on babies. Just hold up their earlobes while they're drinking their bottle.


Water and the Help of a Friend
Posted by G (SF, CA) on 11/27/2008

Weird....try some sugar on a teaspoon...This has worked for me for more than 20 years.


Water and the Help of a Friend
Posted by Ani (Ontario, Canada) on 11/29/2008

Holding breath. The drinking remedies are all related to holding breath because you HAVE to hold your breath as you drink.


Drink Water Without Breathing
Posted by C (PDL) on 02/11/2007
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The remedy I have used for 20 years: Drink 10 swallows of water straight without breathing. Works every time.

Drink Water Without Breathing
Posted by Javagenie (Central, Vermont) on 05/08/2010

This is by far the most affective way to get rid of hiccups. I tell my friends to do this all the time. It has never failed. They are always amazed at how well it works. However, I tell them to take individual sips for as long as they can hold their breath... but at least a minimum of 10 sips of water. Swallow each time.... don't guzzle it. I've been able to stop my own hiccups without water by just holding my breath and swallowing.

Another good thing to add into the remedy is staring. I tell them to concentrate on a single spot in front of them and don't take their eyes off of it. You have to try it... all of the other remedies work sometimes. This one works everytime!


Drink Upside Down
Posted by Luisa (Boca Raton, FL) on 12/02/2006
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Drinking water upside down is the only thing that works for me. It NEVER fails. Just make sure that you bend down at the waist and put your head down, and then drink with the rim of the glass on your upper lip instead of the lower lip, just like the person before me said. I have done this for years and it is the only thing that works. When I tell people to do it they think I am crazy, but when it works they are amazed. :D


Holding the Breath Technique
Posted by Jess (PA) on 11/07/2006
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Take three deep breaths, and then on the third breath, hold it as long as you can. I was told this by my anatomy teacher who says hiccups are nothing but your diaphragm having a spasm. So taking three deep breaths and holding the last one stretches your diaphragm, and therefore stops the hiccups. I have tried this many times, and it does work instantly.

Holding the Breath Technique
Posted by Rachel (Bronx, NY) on 06/21/2008
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Hello, I wanted to add that the 2+1 BREATH method for hiccups which requires you to take three deep breaths, and then on the third breath, hold it as long as you can, as described by Jess works. I had the hiccups and the above method cured them immediately. Thanks again earth clinic (and Jess)!


Holding the Breath Technique
Posted by Nicole (New York, Ny) on 10/19/2009
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Wow this really does work I just tried this and my hiccups were gone instantly. Just make sure you're not sucking in your stomach otherwise you won't be breathing through with your diaphragm.


Holding the Breath Technique
Posted by Jopa (Paradise, California) on 01/14/2010
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My girlfriends son has had chronic hiccups since before birth. He gets them at least once a week. Often a bout of laughter triggering an episode. This helped immediately.


Holding the Breath Technique
Posted by Kj (Virginia, USA) on 06/14/2010
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I had to respond and agree with this post! I tried this, and after having the hiccups 5 times today, they were gone instantly - if only I knew this trick earlier haha! Thanks so much!!


Holding the Breath Technique
Posted by Sandy (Eastern Shore, Virginia) on 08/14/2010
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Right before my very eyes this stopped my husband's torturous hiccups instantly! (2+1 breathe and hold) This is his second round of cisplatin. First time he had a few hiccups everyday and they went away. Last night he had them for well over an hour to no avail. Thank you so very much.


Holding the Breath Technique
Posted by Brigitte (Winterhaven, Fl) on 07/18/2012
1 out of 5 stars

I tried this 3 times and it didnt work.


Burp
Posted by Chris (St. Louis, MO) on 10/18/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Just force a burp or two. This worked every time for me.

Burp
Posted by Jasmyn (Honolulu, Hawaii, U.s.) on 02/14/2013
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Been doing this all my life! I learnt it in the schoolyard from a classmate! If you can't force a burp, try drinking lots of fizzy drinks.


Sugar
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.


Holding the Breath Technique
Posted by Nestor (Sydney, Australia) on 05/25/2006
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i don't usually have hiccups but when it does it really bothers me because it last for so many hours and even days. i tried so many remedies like holding my breath for as long as i can, but it didn't work, so i searched the net and this is what i found that cured my hiccups....take a deep breath using your mouth until your lung is full.. DO NOT BREATH (PINCH YOUR NOSE SO THAT NO AIR CAN ESCAPE) swallow, or pretend that you are swallowing something, inhale more air through your mouth while holding your breath, swallow, inhale then swallow..by this time you might be turning pale...release your breath through your nose.....it worked for me and i hope it will for you...if it does please let me know.


Holding the Breath Technique
Posted by Vinny (Atlanta, GA) on 04/25/2006
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Hi, Ever since when I was a little kid, I had heard many things but only one worked for me. I hold my breath for about 6 secs (if you hiccup while holding your breath start over) and continue doing this for about 4-5 times and it should be gone. Good Luck.


Pencil Technique
Posted by Ann (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) on 03/30/2006
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Placing a pencil crosswise in your mouth and holding it with your teeth and then drinking water until you have to take a breath, stops hiccups.


Malt Vinegar
Posted by Graham (Toronto, Ontario) on 03/21/2006
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My mother always gave me malt vinegar for hiccups, when I was a child, and it worked immediately every single time. Assuming it's available, these other weird and wonderful remedies (which don't always work anyway)can't touch vinegar for effect. I believe it works on the vagus nerve, and affects the diaphragm in some way.

Malt Vinegar
Posted by Amber (Portland, Oregon) on 02/25/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Wow, this really worked for me! I had hiccups this past weekend. Whenever I come down with them I tend to get them multiple times (4-5) for the rest of that day. After reading this post and getting them twice later in the night, I took a quick capful of Apple Cider Vinegar, and instantly my hiccups ceased! I got them again about an hour later and again took them down with the vinegar cure!


Malt Vinegar
Posted by Dawna (Trevor, Wi) on 08/27/2009

A small spoonful of ACV cures hiccups instantly every time!


Drink Upside Down
Posted by Christina (Silverdale, WA)
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I always try holding my breath first, as that is the easiest, but if that doesn't work, I drink upside down. Bend over at the waist and take a drink of water, putting the rim of the cup on your top lip instead of the bottom one. It is important to swallow while still upside down. This has had and almost 100% success rate for me, although it gets me some strange looks :P



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