How to Stop Hiccups

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Hiccups result from involuntary spasms of the diaphragm. Many people get them after meals, and they can go on for hours if not brought to a halt. These tricks can bring a case of the hiccups to a welcome end. Success varies depending on the individual's response and the severity of the hiccups. Find the technique that works best for you and stick with it.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper bag
  • Glass of water
  • White granulated sugar
  • Paper Bag
  • Granulated Sugar

Hold your breath for 30 seconds and then release it.

Breathe into a paper bag five times in a row.

Sip 10 consecutive gulps slowly from a glass of water without stopping to take a breath.

Immerse your face in ice-cold water for 30 seconds.

Swallow a teaspoon of dry white granulated sugar.

If you began to hiccup after taking a medication, seek medical help. Also see a doctor if the hiccups don't stop after 24 hours (3 hours for young children) of if they are extremely painful.

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