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H is for Hiccup Helps

Hiccups can be humiliating, especially if they strike suddenly in polite company.

What is a hiccup?

Essentially, a hiccup is an involuntary convulsion of sorts. The diaphragm contracts suddenly, shutting the vocal cords. Without warning, the affected person issues a “Hic!”

How can hiccups be halted?

Folks have passed around many possible remedies for hiccups. Here are some tricks to try.

  • Ask someone to scare you.
  • Breathe into a small brown paper lunch bag.
  • Cover your ears, and swallow hard.
  • Drink a full glass of water in one gulp.
  • Eat a spoonful of sugar.
  • Hold your breath.
  • Sip a glass of water through a straw.
  • Suck a lemon or lime wedge.
  • Swallow a tablespoon of peanut butter.
  • Try a taste of fresh honey.

Some of these hiccup remedies may work well, and some may not. And some may be credited as working, simply because someone’s hiccups ran out of gas on their own.

Scare Away the Hiccups
From vintage artwork
US Library of Congress
Public domain

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  1. Hiccups are the worst! I think I've tried all those remedies at some point or other - I'm not sure I could say any of them worked particularly well - I think the hiccups just ran out of steam on their own.

  2. Hi Linda! It looks like we are both doing the A to Z challenge and the Ultimate Blog Challenge! Happy High Five to fellow overachievers!

    My daughter used to hiccup when I was pregnant so we called her "Baby Bubbles" since we didn't know her gender before birth. I love the tips and tricks you mention here. I didn't know about covering my ears and swallowing hard. This sounds like it will be quite handy!

    Happy A to Z-ing!
    Julie Jordan Scott
    Our Literary Grannies from A to Z:H is for Hannah Adams
    tweet me - @juliejordanscot

  3. My daddy always told us to take a spoonful of Wocestershire Sauce for hiccups. Works every time.

  4. Drinking that glass of water while standing on your head was another one. Tincture of time is the real cure.

  5. Why oh why do I always get hiccups when I'm making an important phonecall?!



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