You must have had hiccups at some point in your life. It’s inconvenient and irritating. Hiccups are normally only present for a short time, but persistent episodes/bouts of hiccups may suggest an underlying pathologic disease that necessitates prompt medical attention. There are a few methods for getting rid of hiccups that can be tried, but they are only for self-limited hiccups, not chronic ones.

The author would like to state that the intention of this post is not to prescribe a therapy for hiccups, but rather to share a few hiccup-relieving techniques and tactics. Drug therapy is frequently used to treat intractable hiccups.

Posture and breathing

Hiccups can be relieved with several breathing techniques and a few body postures.

  1. Breathe slowly and deliberately. Slow, measured breathing will interrupt your respiratory system. Breathe in for five counts and out for five counts.
  2. Hug your knees tightly. Sit in a comfortable position and draw your knees to your chest, holding them there for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Inhale deeply into a paper bag (not into the plastic bag). Hiccups can be relieved quickly by breathing into a paper bag while covering your mouth and nose but not your head.

Changing your eating habits and drinking habits

It may also assist to rekindle your vagus or phrenic nerves by modifying what you eat or how you drink.

  1. Drink plenty of ice-cold water. The vagus nerve may be stimulated by drinking ice-cold water slowly.
  2. Take a sip from the other side of the glass. Stand up, flip the glass over, and place the lips on the other side. Slant the glass away from the body and sip while bending.
  3. Using icy water, gargle. 30 seconds of ice water rinsing If necessary, repeat the procedure.
  4. Consume some olives. It may seem strange, but eating green olives may help you get rid of your hiccups.
  5. Take a bite out of a lemon. Take a small slice of lemon and place it on your tongue, sucking it down like a syrup.
  6. Take a sip of something sweet. Place a pinch of granulated sugar on your tongue and wait 5 to 10 seconds before swallowing.
  7. Vinegar is the mantra. Put a few drops of vinegar in your mouth and feel the comfort right away.
  8. Burping. This may seem strange, but if you drink a carbonated beverage then burp, your hiccups may subside. However, exercise caution because a small number of doctors advise that fizzy drinks can cause hiccups.

Experiment with some pressure spots

The regions of the human body that are particularly sensitive to pressure are known as pressure points. Applying pressure to these locations will assist relax your diaphragm and stimulate your vagus and phrenic nerves.

  1. Grasp the tongue with both hands. Gently drag the tip of your tongue forward once or twice with your fingertips. This stimulates the vagus nerve and relieves diaphragm spasms, which can help to stop hiccups in some cases.
  2. Apply gentle pressure on the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the muscle that connects your abdomen to your lungs. Slowly apply pressure to this place using your hands.
  3. Squeeze your palm together. Apply pressure on the palm of your other hand using your thumb.

Other options

Here are a couple more tried-and-true cures.

  1. The back of your neck should be tapped or rubbed. Hiccups can occasionally be relieved by tapping or caressing the back of the neck.
  2. Have someone terrify you. Allowing someone to frighten you is a tried and true method for distracting your thoughts from hiccups.
  3. Close your eyes and close your ears. For 20 to 30 seconds, twirl your fingers in your ears. If it doesn’t work, gently push the area behind your earlobes, just below the base of your head. The vagus nerve is relaxed as a result of this.