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12 Home Remedies for Hiccups

Nearly all of us experience a hiccup at one time or another. Though this condition tends to go away itself within a couple of minutes, it could be annoying and uncomfortable, or can even interfere with talking and eating. People come up with many tricks and tips to eliminate hiccups, from eating sugar to breathing into paper bags, but which is the right one for you? The answer will mostly depend on personal conditions and the underlying causes. In the next sections, we will show you the top 12 home remedies to alleviate hiccups and other associated signs.

Drink Cold Water

If you have a hiccup due to quick eating, then the simplest way to alleviate the condition is to drink a cup of cold water, which can help soothe the muscles and cause you to adjust the breathing patterns while swallowing. Since it won’t work after the first sip, make sure to keep drinking until you see its effect. This method can also be effective for kids, so you can try it with either bottle-feeding or breastfeeding babies. Additionally, consider gargling with cold water to change the breathing rhythm. However, be careful when drinking because it might cause you to choke. [1]