How to Get Rid Of Hiccups

Many people know the irritating, often very loud condition called hiccups . What causes them? But more important, how can they be eliminated?

Hiccup remedies are as mysterious and difficult to find as they seem. Although there's not much scientific research to tell us exactly how to stop them there are natural remedies that might help.

Daniel Allan MD, family medicine physician, discusses what hiccups can be and natural remedies.

How can Hiccups be caused?

People believed that hiccups were a sign of a child's growth. This was centuries ago. The mechanics behind a hiccup are well understood today. A hiccup is caused by irritation to the diaphragm (a muscle located between your stomach, lungs and stomach) which causes it to spasm. The result is what we call hiccups.

Dr. Allan explains that hiccups are caused by a disruption in the nerve pathways leading from the brain to diaphragm.

Understanding what can trigger hiccups will help you find the best way to treat them. It is possible to have a number of different hiccups depending on what you eat and whereabouts. You can get them from things such as eating too fast or drinking carbonated beverages.

Hiccups could have a physiological role, although it is not known. Dr. Allan says that hiccups could be an exercise in the lungs for breathing.

How to Cure Hiccups Naturally

Experts say there are many remedies that claim to cure hiccups. However, most of these methods don't have any scientific backing. Anecdotal evidence shows that an increase of carbon dioxide might help.

There are two ways to stop your headaches.

Keep your breathing in for a few seconds. Dr. Allan says that by holding your breath, carbon dioxide levels increase in the lungs. This may reduce spasms and the associated hiccups.

You can breathe into a piece of paper. You can also increase the amount of carbon dioxide in your body by breathing through a paper bag. The bag should be placed over your nose, mouth, and throat. Inhale then exhale to allow the bag's airflow to expand and contract. For this method, you must use only a paper bag.

Be mindful of your breath. Altering the way that you breath may help reduce hiccups. Take slow and measured inhalations. You can count to four, and then focus on each exhale. You can use this technique to calm stress-related hiccups.

Gargling with water. Some experts suggest gargling water to stimulate the nerves of your throat. Gargling can help stop the hiccups.

Bring your knees to your chest. It is possible to relieve hiccups by putting your body in a fetal posture. You can reduce those pesky hiccups by applying gentle pressure to your diaphragm.

There are other choices

You may also find other methods to relieve your hiccups that work, though they are more common than others. These techniques tend to be based on anecdotal evidence. The success rates of each individual's options will vary.

These are just a few to consider:

Get startled. You don't have to be a star of your favorite comedy show for this option to work. Have you ever experienced sudden hiccups? Maybe someone sneaks up and almost trips you. This could cause your vagus nerve to become overwhelmed, making your hiccups disappear!

Count backward. If other solutions seem unsuccessful, you might consider counting backward. According to some, it is possible to count backwards starting at 100 and recite the alphabet backwards. You will find it easier to focus on your task and you will soon forget about any hiccups. This can also help you calm down.

To tickle your roof. To help with your hiccups, you can let the sugar dissolve in your mouth.

Tips to help your baby with hiccups

Are you having trouble breathing? Your newborn might experience hiccups, whether it is gassiness or breathing too fast.

There are a few simple things you can do to help your baby with hiccups: change their position when they eat, give them extra frequent burping or give them a binky.

What to do if you have hiccups?

Good news: Hiccups can be short-lived.

You should see your doctor if persistent hiccups persist for more than seven days. These symptoms could indicate a serious medical condition that requires immediate attention. Dr. Allan warns that prolonged bouts can be caused by certain conditions or medical procedures (especially those involving anesthesia).

However, it is more common to have hiccups go away by themselves. These tips will help you avoid waiting for them to get worse.