How to Get Rid of Hiccups

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The cause and function of hiccups has baffled medical practitioners since the days of Hippocrates. Although no one has figured out the exact science behind these "abrupt diaphragmatic contractions," we have come up with a few home remedies that might be able to help.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Bread
  • Drinking Glasses
  • Sugar
    • 1

      Swallow 1 tsp. white table sugar, dry. A study found that this stopped hiccups immediately in 19 out of 20 people. Repeat up to 3 more times at 2-minute intervals if necessary.

    • 2

      Gulp down a glass of water if the sugar doesn't work.

    • 3

      Slowly eat a piece of dry bread.

    • 4

      Breathe in and out of a paper bag. Do not use a plastic bag under any circumstances, and don't do this longer than 1 minute.

    • 5

      Gargle with water (see 'How to Gargle').

    • 6

      Repeat the above steps until your hiccups stop.

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