Ugh, I’ve come down with the hiccups, and I needed something to blog about, so why not document my experiments with various hiccups “cures” I found online.
Like you, in an effort to find a cure to my hiccups, I did a google search, and, thus, I wanted to share what I found with you about what worked and what didn’t. I have nothing to sell, there are no affiliate links on this page, I just wanted to share some help.
As a disclaimer, consult a doctor before trying any of these ways to stop hiccups. I am not a doctor, I am only sharing with you what I read online and what sort of worked for me personally and what didn’t in stopping hiccups. Check this Mayo Clinic article to read what actual doctors say about hiccups.
Ways to Stop hiccups
A lot of people have devised several solutions to tackle and get rid of hiccups. I am going to present you with all the practical options I found on the internet so that you can try and get rid of hiccups yourself.
1. Drag your tongue
Some say dragging your tongue has been proven to stimulate the muscles and nerves in your throat to get rid of your of hiccups. Apparently, all you have to do is hold the tip of your tongue and pull it forward gently twice.
- This method sort of worked for me, making the hiccups less bad, but not getting rid of them entirely.
2. Rub your carotid artery
Carotid muscles are what your hands feel when you check for a pulse. Try out this simple exercise: lie down and twist your head to the left side and rub that spot in a circular motion for a couple of seconds.
- I found this method did not work for me.
3. Suck on an ice cube
Throw an ice cube into your mouth and suck on it till it reduces in size. You should then be able to swallow it.
- Sorry, this one did not work for me.
4. Hug your knees
Hugging your knees is an unusual trick I found to get rid of hiccups. Sit down in a comfy position and bring your knees backwards towards your chest. Wrap your hands around them and remain like that for 3 minutes.
- This one didn’t work for me.
5. Drink water through a paper towel
Another unusual method that may work is covering your cup of cold water with a paper towel or cloth and sip water through it.
- Nope. This one didn’t work for me.
6. Gargle cold water
Pour cold water from a glass into your mouth and gargle for 30 seconds. Repeat this exercise as much as possible.
- I tried this one, and it helped get rid of many hiccups, but I still had a few for a while.
7. Breathe into a paper bag
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, and it works best in my opinion. Grab a paper bag (any lunch bag will do) — Avoid using a plastic bag — and place it over your nose and mouth. Breathe in and out, deflating and pumping the bag.
- Yes, this classic worked for me.
8. Eat sugar
Granulated sugar has been said to get rid of hiccups. Add a pinch of it into your mouth and leave it there for 10 seconds before swallowing.
- I did not try this method as don’t keep sugar in my house (not because it’s bad, but because I don’t use it for coffee and we don’t really bake sweets — we just buy them from the bakery). Be sure to leave a comment below if this one trick for hiccups works.
9. Just drink cold water
Drinking cold water opens up the diaphragm and stimulates the vagus nerve, which may eliminate hiccups.
- I have found this method worked, as well, before.
10. Rub the back of your neck
Stimulate the phrenic nerves in your neck by massaging the skin lodged at the back of your neck.
- I didn’t find that this method worked at all.
11. Suck lemon
Lemon has helped many people limit annoying hiccups, some say. All you need to do is slice a lemon and suck on it. You can also add a little salt to the lemon before sucking (tequila time!). Rinse your mouth with water afterwards. This is to shield your teeth against the heavy intake of citric acid.
- I did not try this method as I did not have any lemons at home when I wrote this, but I encourage you to try it and report back in the comments!
12. Compress your chest
For this exercise, bend or lean forward, which places pressure in your diaphragm. Do it for about a minute before straightening yourself.
- I did not try this method, but I read online that some people had success with this way to stop hiccups.
13. Hold your breath
Holding your breath supposedly works like magic. Please give yourself a big inhale and hold it for 15 seconds before releasing your breath slowly. You have to repeat it a couple of times, though.
- I tried this way to stop hiccups before, and it sort of worked — my hiccups stopped like twenty minutes later.
14. Distract yourself
When you’re so fixated on the hiccups, it is going to remain. Try to focus on something else like playing video games, chess, a crossword puzzle, just anything that will make you forget you have hiccups.
- Yes, this way to stop hiccups works 100% of the time! Eventually, unless you have chronic hiccups, they will stop when you don’t even notice.
15. Try slow breathing
Breathing slowly is another potential solution for getting rid of hiccups. Count to 5 and breathe in, then count to 5 and breathe out. Practice this within a 5-minute frame.
- I tried this before, and my hiccups stopped about 10 minutes later.
Hopefully, this story helped you stop your hiccups! Leave a comment below about what worked and what didn't for you.