How do you cure hiccups?

December 22, 2006 3:48am CST
Try drinking a glass of water backwards, yes this really does work! Holding your breath for 10 seconds and trying not to move can help also. I would also recommend asking someone to "shock" you when you don't expect it, this sometimes cures the hiccups too! Think someone jumping out in front of you or giving you a fright!
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@malsun (1528)
• United States
22 Dec 06
ive heard that if you hear something shocking, the hiccups stop. To stop hiccups in infants/children, try giving a little sugar. drinking water also helps most of the time.
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@firdaus (685)
• Malaysia
26 Dec 06
Some Common ideas on how to get rid of hiccups: * putting fingers in throat, or ears * standing on head * someone jumps out and scare you when you're not expecting it - a famous treatment * holding breath and counting to 10 * breathing deeply * trying to swallow hiccups * massaging the bottom throat between the collar bone or under both collar bones * drink as fast as possible * putting sugar on tongue * hold chocolate on your tongue Referred to as singultus, hiccups are treated medically only in severe and persistent (termed "intractable") cases. Haloperidol (Haldol, an anti-psychotic and sedative), metoclopramide (Reglan, a gastrointestinal stimulant), and chlorpromazine (Thorazine, an anti-psychotic with strong sedative effects) are used in cases of intractable hiccups. In severe or resistant cases, baclofen (an anti-spasmodic) is sometimes required to suppress hiccups. Effective treatment with sedatives often requires a dose that either renders the person unconscious or highly lethargic. Hence, medicating singultus is done short-term and is not a situation where the affected individual could continue with normal life activities while taking the medication.