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Remedies for Hiccups: How to Eat, Drink or Breathe Your Way to a Cure [LIST]

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photo by Debbie Ray

Last week, after the Spring Break edition of the Polyester Power Hour, I inexplicably started hiccupping. (Thank goodness it was after the show ended!) I tried holding my breath, which was the only thing I could think of at the time, but that wasn’t helping, so I logged onto facebook to ask for help. I went back to what I was working on before the attack began, but couldn’t really concentrate because of the distraction of the hiccups, so I clicked back over to facebook to see what my friends had come up with. I read through the dozens of ideas, trying to decide which would be easiest and fastest. By the time I got to the end of the suggestions, I noticed I wasn’t hiccupping any more. Just reading all the ideas cured me! I didn’t get to try any of the remedies, so I can’t say one worked better than another, but I did notice one very interesting thing. The recommended cures fell into three distinct categories: Eating, Drinking and Breathing. I hope just reading the list will cure you, too, but if not, try these and let me know which one worked for you! Here they are:

The Eating Cures

  • Teaspoon of mustard
  • Teaspoon of sugar
  • Spoonful of peanut butter
  • Worcestershire sauce and salt on a slice of lemon- bite into it
  • Lemon and bitters
  • Eat some honey

The Drinking Cures

  • Take a glass and fill with water, drop a spoon in, then stare at the spoon while you drink the water
  • Drink a cup of water upside down
  • Take a glass or bottle of water drink for 5 seconds while holding your left earlobe down
  • Hold breath while taking 10 gulps of water
  • Take a sip of water turn your head upside down (look between your knees) and swallow
  • Drink upside down: just bend over and drink from a straw- it compresses the diaphram and stops the hiccups
  • Cannonball a liter of water
  • Take a sip of water and in between each sip say the alphabet! sip, A, sip, B and so on…

The Breathing Cures

  • Lay on couch with head hanging and count to 10 out loud slowly
  • Take a deep breath, count to 10 slowly, let the breath out quickly then quickly take another deep breath and count to 10 again
  • Just holding your breath won’t work. You have to empty your diaphragm of air. Stand up straight and tall and take a deep breath from way down in the diaphragm and hold it for as long as you can.
  • Allow someone to scare you
  • Make yourself hyperventilate
  • Exhale all the air in your lungs and hold your breath for 60 seconds



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