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Get Rid of the Hiccups

How to get rid of hiccups is a question that has been asked since asking questions began. The number of crazy methods you can find out there is literally endless; most of them are useless (massaging the back of your throat, eating sugar, scaring yourself), and some are even dangerous (e.g. breathing into a paper bag). I tried one trick after another until finally, I found something that actually works and, somehow, is nowhere to be found on the Internet.

Hurrying to my kitchen one day trying to get myself some relief, I decided enough was enough. I needed to bring this cure to the world. So, I made this website and put it online. Since then, I have expanded the site to include all sorts of general information (which you can find in the handy menu on the left). In addition, in my vast reading and researching, I occasionally find another cure that actually works. When I do, I add it here. I try my best not to include any nonsensical (scaring yourself) or impractical cures (how many people actually own chamomile oil?). Cures that are poorly rated are removed - simple as that. After you have tried a cure out, feel free to rate it and leave a comment!

I don't know why these cures work. My speculation would be that in their own ways they work to alter your breathing pattern, get more oxygen in your system, or stimulate your phrenic or vagus nerves in ways that get the job done. If anybody has any ideas on why they work or has another cure to submit, let me know at So, without further ado, here is my original (kind of) and patented (not really) way to get you over your hiccupping woes and one or two other methods as well. Give any of them a try, you won't be dissapointed :)

Hiccups Cure

Method One - Plug your ears and drink water

Step 1
Fill a glass with water – all the way to the top, no need to be cheap!


Step 2
Have a friend hold their hands over your ears and plug them. Make sure they are completely blocking them not just leaving their hands there – your hearing should be muffled.

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Step 3
While your friend is holding their hands over your ears, drink the entire glass of water without stopping. Make sure you drink the entire glass in one go and make sure your friend doesn’t let go of your ears.


Step 4
You’re done! You did it! Now you can wait around awkwardly anticipating another 'hic!' that will never come. You’re free, go outside and play :)

Doing it Solo
For the more dexterous amongst you and, if you are alone, you can plug your ears with your thumbs and then use your fingers to bring the cup (a bottle of water may be easier on your own) to your mouth.

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Method Two - Hold your breath and swallow

With this method, make sure never to let go of the air you are inhaling. If air starts to come out your mouth or nose, use your fingers to hold it in!

Step 1
Breathe in as deeply as you can, until you can't get any more air at all into your lungs, and hold it in.

Step 2
Without letting go of any air, swallow. You are not actually swallowing (besides possibly air) but the swallowing motion is important.

Step 3
Without exhaling any of what you have inhaled, inhale even more. Suck in as much air as you can on top of what you already have.

Step 4
Repeat steps 2 and 3 as much as you possibly can. Repeat them until your face turns all the colors of the rainbow and you can't possibly do it any more. Most likely what will happen is after a while, you will no longer be able to swallow. Once you are at this point, exhale and let it all out.

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Comments (81)
Works like a charm
Try putting peanut butter in your mouth for 5 minute. It has never not worked
#81 - Ashleigh - 03/08/2014 - 15:38
I take a large drink of water, hiccuping or now, I drink it. You need to hold your breath while drinking a really large containors I should be gone. If not try in better circumstanes of show a finger up your ass to stimulate the Vegus nerve.
#80 - Sandra - 02/23/2014 - 02:01
I'm not dexterous enough to do method one solo so I did method two worked a treat! Relief from my very painful hiccups.....thank you
#79 - Kay Adamson - 09/25/2013 - 11:28
#78 - - 09/24/2013 - 15:33
2nd method worked,,,,thank you so much. Been loosing many nights sleep being jerked around by hiccups. THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THIS OUT THERE!
#77 - Henry - 09/12/2013 - 08:04
Did not work - will try again. Have done a variation of this. 54-yr old male. Going on 14 straight days. Been to doctor twice, E/R once - nothing has worked. I try some of these and comment. I suspect phrenic nerve involved
#76 - gerry cruz - 08/18/2013 - 16:48
My son had acid reflex burps followed by hiccups for 2 days. The only way to neutralize the acid was with alkaline water. Figi water with 2 fresh squeezed lemons. That makes the water at about11.0 alkaline water. He drank a full bottle. Taking small sips. And Iit worked for about and hour before they came back and he did it all over again And the hiccups wants away He continues to drink high alkaline water to keep the acid away
#75 - Char - 07/29/2013 - 00:40
Another method I use that always works is drinking water while bending over. With a mouthful of water, I stand up, and lean forward until my back is parallel to the ground and I am looking at my feet. I slowly swallow the water in my mouth, a little at a time... and my hiccups are gone in an instant! Works like magic every time.
#74 - Bri - 02/22/2013 - 15:35
Always works....
The second method ALWAYS works!! its not just about holding your must keep swallowing. works every time !
#73 - kevin - 02/01/2013 - 20:16
Method 2
I couldn't believe it when I read it, I have been doing method 2 for over 20 years and have never come across anybody else who does it too! I make everyone I know who gets the hiccups do it and it always works!! It's tough to do at first but if you concentrate and practice it becomes very easy! :-P
#72 - Candace - 01/15/2013 - 17:10
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