hiccups: how to prevent them
July 7, 2007 7:31am CST
hiccups are very annoying, wouldnt you agree? especially when you're in a meeting, doing something important like a project, or even riding on the public transportation. usually, we would drink a couple glasses of water to stop it, right? there is one effective way, in my own opinion and theory, that could stop it. iv been using this method for a few years already and its proven effective for me and some other people iv taught this method to. ok, here it is. at the first attack of the hiccup(this is very important), stop whatever your doing, anything, just stop. keep perfectly still, make sure nobody will distracts or move you, close your eyes too so that you won't move it(yes, even your eyes needs to be still). then hold your breath for at least 30 seconds, if you can make one minute, the better. you would notice within that time you've paused, theres no hiccup anymore. thats it, you've stopped your hiccup from continuing. remember, this has to be done at the very first hiccup attack, after that, this method wont work anymore, nor drinking a lot of water. this has just been a theory of mine, so im not saying its true for everybody, but for most people i know, it actually works. tell me if it works for you, too.:)
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7 Jul 07
I just can't laugh if I don't want the hiccups. Every time I laugh hard I get them. My daughter is 16 months and she is the same way. My trick to get rid of them fast is to take in a deep breath and hold it for as long as I can, then blow all the air out and hold as long as I can. Sometimes i have to do it twice but most of the time it works on the first try. My Dad taught me the trick when I was little. I will remember your trick and try it out the next time I get the hiccups.
7 Jul 07
actually, one college professor of mine said that hiccups are caused by lack of air somewhere in the respiratory tract(i never really paid much attention to the topic that time). so maybe when you laugh hard you tend to use up air. i dont know what the connection is when we hold our breath when we have the hiccups but it works. another factor is keeping still. iv done some experiments on myself before, i tried moving while holding my breath and i never got rid of the hiccups. and then i tried keeping still with my eyes closed and i got the remedy for hiccups.