What causes Hiccups?

United States
March 24, 2007 11:38pm CST
Can anyone here please explain to me how or why we get the hiccups? I have heard it's air that gets caught under the diaphragm, but I don't really know if this is true. I am going to ask my teacher on Tuesday, but until then can someone please help me out? Thank you!
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@anirc750310 (3424)
• Romania
25 Mar 07
it is true! Is about the diaphragm, who involuntary constrict so the hiccups appears. It happens me all the time I swallow big pieces of food or drink some water very fast and I feel a presure on my trought and then suddenly I get hiccups
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• United States
25 Mar 07
That is exactly what happens to me too! I get them from gulping soda, water, or food. It is very annoying to me! Also, have you found that once you get them, you get them at least once or twice more during that same day?
25 Mar 07
"Hic!" You've just hiccuped for what seems like the tenth time since you finished your big dinner. Wonder where these funny noises are coming from? The part to blame is your diaphragm. This is a dome-shaped muscle at the bottom of your chest, and all hiccups start here. The diaphragm almost always works perfectly. When you inhale, it pulls down to help pull air into the lungs. When you exhale, it pushes up to help push air out of the lungs. But sometimes the diaphragm becomes irritated. When this happens, it pulls down in a jerky way, which makes you suck air into your throat suddenly. When the air rushing in hits your voice box, you're left with a big hiccup. Some things that irritate the diaphragm are eating too quickly or too much, an irritation in the stomach or the throat, or feeling nervous or excited. Almost all cases of the hiccups last only a few minutes. Some cases of the hiccups can last for days or weeks, but this is very unusual, and it's usually a sign of another medical problem. You've probably heard lots of suggestions for how to get rid of hiccups, and maybe you've even tried a few. Holding your breath and counting to 10 is one way some people can get rid of their hiccups. Other people say that drinking from the "wrong" side of a glass of water is the way to become hiccup-free. Putting sugar under your tongue might work, too. And maybe the most famous treatment - having someone jump out and scare you when you're not expecting it - helps some people wave good-bye to their hiccups. Boo! Hope this answers your questions.