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7 Remedies to Halt Hiccups
A hiccup is generally only an annoyance but if you suffer from a bout of the condition, pay attention. A bout is any episode lasting more than a few minutes. Although there is not a certain activity that can bring on hiccups for all people, there are certain activities that make getting hiccups easier, like eating a spicy meal, carbonated soda, drinking alcohol, smoking and feeling stress.
And because hiccups are so common, it’s important to know how to stop them as well. We’ve pulled together seven (7) proven strategies to halt the hiccups.
- Exhale completely and hold your breath for as long as possible. This one works almost all the time.
- Hold your nose as you swallow a dozen times rapidly!
- Laugh. Try to think of something funny, or do something funny – Are you ticklish?
- Eat a tablespoon of peanut butter, preferably smoothe over chunky.
- Compressing the chest is also known to work- bring your knees to your chest and hold for at least 3-5 minutes.
- Depending on your flexibility, stand on your head and drink small gulps of water from a sports bottle.
- Belching can give and cure hiccups. So take 4-6 big gulps of soda and burp until it feels good.
If hiccups last longer than 48 hours, they are considered persistent or protracted. Hiccups lasting longer than one month are termed intractable. The longest recorded attack is 6 decades. Don’t let it happen to you.