Ever get a stubborn case of the hiccups? They sometimes hurt and sometimes tickle your throat. Maybe you get them when you drink soda, or eat to fast. Whatever the reason. It’s so annoying to you and those around you. Then every time you think they went away, they come back. Don’t listen to hiccup myths. Use these real interventions to try and get rid of those hiccups.
You will not need anyone’s help for these interventions. If you want support anyway, feel free to have someone coach you through these steps. First try the old hold your breath method. Hold your breath for 15-30 seconds. Do not hold your breath longer that 30 seconds, if it didn’t work then it’s time for the next intervention. Grab a paper bag without holes in it. Breath slowly into the paper bag for five minutes. Re-breathing your own carbon dioxide can sometimes work. If not, let’s try the next intervention.
Make a cold glass of water and put a lot of ice in it. Slowly sip the ice water for about 5 minutes. Still hear hiccups? Try this one.
Try swallowing dried bread, crushed, dry crackers, a TSP of sugar, or crushed ice. Then top it off with a quick pull on your tongue. While this is happening apply gentle pressure to your closed eyelids. You shouldn’t still have the hiccups, but if you do, then try the next intervention.
Try holding your upper lip between your teeth and right side of your nose and apply gentle pressure. Then stroke the back of your tongue. If you still have the hiccups then your getting kind of desperate by now. It’s time to try taking your usual antacid medication. The last thing you can try is distraction with a good scare. For this one you will need a friend or family member. Simply have them surprise or scare you unexpectedly, this one usually works well.
If all of these interventions have failed, and your hiccups persist for a long period of time, you will need to contact your primary care physician for further advice.