How do you get rid of hiccups? Do you hold your breath? Do you breathe into a paper bag? Maybe you have someone scare you? Or do you just wait until they go away?
Everyone has a favorite cure for hiccups. But why we get them is a mystery to science. They seem to serve no purpose.
WHAT ARE HICCUPS?
Hiccups start from the diaphragm (pronounced DY-uh-fram). This is a wide muscle below your lungs. It’s a very important muscle because it helps you breathe. It pulls down to help draw air into your lungs. It relaxes and moves up to help you breathe out.
Normally, this happens smoothly. But sometimes, the diaphragm pulls down with sudden jerk, called a spasm. This causes you to breathe in quickly. When this happens, the opening into your windpipe shuts. The flow of air is cut off. That’s what makes the hic sound.
FACTS ABOUT HICCUPS
Usually, people have several hiccups in a row. After a few minutes, they usually stop. All mammals (animals that raise their young on milk) get hiccups. Newborn human babies have them. In fact, even unborn babies can get hiccups! Women and men get hiccups equally as often. But pregnant women rarely get hiccups.
ARE HICCUPS DANGEROUS?
Almost all hiccups last a short time and are harmless. But in those rare cases when they last for several days or more, they interfere with sleeping and eating. If hiccups last more than a month, they must be treated with drugs or surgery. The longest recorded attack of hiccups is 60 years!
How do you get rid of hiccups?
Eat Some Honey
Put 1 teaspoon of honey, stirred in warm water, on the back of your tongue, and swallow it. Honey could potentially tickle the vagus nerve to make the hiccups stop. More so, honey is also known to fight infection and soothe cough.
Getting rid of your hiccups never felt so good as it is a little more difficult with this method. Eat some powdered chocolate drink mix (milo, Bournvita or Ovaltine) right off the spoon. Swallowing the spoonful isn’t easy and should cure the hiccups.
Use A Brown Bag
Breathe slowly and deeply into a small paper bag. You should however stop if you feel light-headed at any point. Doing this helps to increase the carbon dioxide level in the blood and makes the diaphragm contract more deeply to bring in more oxygen, which may stop the hiccup spasms.
Eat Something Sweet
A spoonful of sugar is a popular hiccups cure because of the simple fact that the grains could slightly irritate the oesophagus, causing the phrenic nerves to “reset” themselves. There is however no concrete proof of this. although there is no proof of this.
Sour Foods or Drinks
Take a teaspoonful of vinegar. Its sour taste could cure your hiccup.
Have some peanut butter
A big spoonful of peanut butter is a classic cure if you have ever wondered how to get rid of hiccups. In the process of chewing and getting it off your tongue and teeth, your swallowing and breathing patterns are interrupted and this resets your pattern back to its normal state.
Use A Paper Towel
Place a single layer of paper towel over the top of a glass, then drink through the towel. You’ll have to “pull” harder with your diaphragm to suck up the water, and concentrated gulping counteracts spasmodic muscle movements of hiccups.
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