While it is true that hiccups will just go away without doing anything, there are still some instances when we want to cure it immediately. If hiccups come at inconvenient times – when reporting in class or when in public – it is our instinct to stop it as soon as possible. Fortunately, there are ways on how to get rid of hiccups effectively and efficiently.
Breathing or Swallowing
There are so many breathing and swallowing techniques that will help you cure your hiccups in the fastest way possible. Below are some of the breathing and swallowing methods on how to get rid of hiccups:
- Breathing as much as you can
Inhale and swallow is the key to cure your hiccups. Do not let any air out and then swallow. By doing this repetitively, you will be able to get rid of hiccups within just a few minutes.
- Stretching your diaphragm
In order to this, you need to breathe in slowly. Continue to slowly breathe until you can inhale no more. Then, try to get a feel for leading the breath into your abdomen. Remember that you are stretching your diaphragm for the purpose of interrupting hiccups.
- Simulating your breathing
Take a very deep breath and then, hold it. While you are holding your breath, close your mouth and plug your nose. While doing this, start moving your diaphragm as if you were just breathing in and out in a rapid manner.
Food and Drinks
Aside from using breathing and swallowing techniques, food and drink techniques are also included in the list of how to get rid of hiccups. Below are the most commonly used food and drink techniques for curing hiccups:
- Using water and straw
Sip water with the use of a straw. While doing so, plug your ears with the use of your fingers and gulp down the water that you sipped. This technique feels like you are just swallowing your hiccup by gulping the water.
- Consume a spoonful of brown sugar
We all know that sugar is also used for making the medicine (capsules and tablets) go down. It can also get rid of your hiccups easily. Remember to take only a spoonful of sugar. If it does not work, switch to other method immediately as it is not safe to take another spoonful of sugar just after taking a spoonful of it.
- Try taking salt
You can also get rid of your hiccups with salt. Just take ½ teaspoon of salt. Take it and hold it for five seconds inside your mouth. Then, swallow it. Keep on swallowing until the salty taste is already gone.
The methods on how to get rid of hiccups that are listed above do not have any scientific explanation. Doctors even claim that these are just old wives’ tales. However, these methods have already been proven and tested by many people. Fortunately, these do the wonders in getting rid of your hiccup!