what causes hiccups?

@Cutie18f (9563)
Philippines
November 18, 2012 5:27pm CST
I am just wondering. In our country, the old folks believe that when a child has hiccups it means he or she is growing. We've always believed that. Do you have this belief too? I wonder what causes hiccups? Is it swallowing too much air or what? Is it air being blocked? It can be annoying if it happens to you. Luckily for me I never had hiccups for years. Does this have anything to do with age? Is it because I won't grow anymore? I know I am asking such silly questions but I am just wondering.
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@celticeagle (119107)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Nov 12
Hiccups doesn't mean you are growing. Hiccups are caused by taking in air as you eat or drink. It can be annoying if it continues to happen over and over again. Maybe eat correctly and not hurriedly so you don't get the hiccups. When I am hungry I get them because I eat too fast at first.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
19 Nov 12
Hi Celts. It's just what the old folks say here, that hiccups means you are growing in height.
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@celticeagle (119107)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Nov 12
Growing in heighth? That is funny.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
15 Dec 12
Yes Celti, 'coz one could grow sideways, lol.
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@youless (93055)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Nov 12
Here usually we think that you are thirsty so that you will have the hiccups. As to the babies, the elders will think that they want to go to the toilet when they have the hiccups. It seems to be true. Do you notice it?
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
24 Nov 12
Hi Youless! I am not really sure if it has anything to do with going to the toilet because our folks' belief here is different.
@NailTech (6890)
• United States
19 Nov 12
I have never heard of it as a cause for when a child is growing, that is probably just folklore. As for some of the other things you mentioned, swallowing air is one other major cause. The other is age sometimes. My brother does it alot after eating alot at night and burping. He literally sounds disgusting though. I wish he would get to see a dr for it and for that cough he has daily and on going too long now.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
19 Nov 12
Hi Nail! It seems like your brother has another problem aside from the hiccup. Maybe he smokes.