Hiccups Home Remedies
Numerous home remedies for hiccups
exist. The reason that these remedies are thought to work is that carbon
dioxide build-up in the blood will stop hiccups, which is what happens
when a person holds their breath. Stimulation of the vagus nerve (the
nerve that runs from the brain to the stomach) is stimulated, hiccups
can also be alleviated (this is what is happening when a person drinks
water or pulls on their tongue).
Try these methods at home to get rid of the hiccups:
Drink a glass of water quickly.
Have someone frighten you (or better, surprise) the person
Use smelling salts.
Have the person pull hard on their tongue.
Place one-half teaspoon of dry sugar on the back of the tongue.
(Repeat this process 3 times at 2-minute intervals, if necessary use
corn syrup, not sugar, in young children.)
There are many other
suggestions such as “name 10 famous bald men” (this distracts the person
with the hiccups and may help the diaphragm relax), “a finger in the
ear,” tickling the palate with a swab, or swallowing a tablespoon full
of honey. However, a person should only try those methods they are
comfortable, and be aware that some methods are not suitable for infants
(honey, sugar methods), elderly with swallowing problems, and others
with health problems. Call the doctor for further information if
individuals have any questions about home remedies or if they fail to
stop the hiccups.