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The ONLY way to get rid of the hiccups (hiccoughs)


Whether you spell them “hiccups,” “hiccoughs,” or “damnit-I-wish-they’d-go-away,” they’re a plague upon the existence of mankind. They can be embarrassing: I’ve dealt with them as a receptionist at a busy magazine company, (when you have to answer the phone, they’re sure to be the loudest) and whilst buying booze. Try walking up to a cashier with a bottle of wine and the hiccups, and you’ll know what I mean.

And they’re always annoying. No matter how slowly you count to ten whilst holding your breath, they can last for hours. The moms reading this will probably remember having a hiccuping baby in their bellies… cute at first, but not at 3am. I’ve heard horror stories of people having them for days! Can you imagine?

So how do we make them stop? Everyone has their “sure-fire way” to end the hiccups, but mine is by far the best. Only one drawback – you need a friend to help. The ONLY absolutely reliable way to get rid of the hiccups is, drink an entire glass of water with your fingers in your ears. I promise, it works every single time.

If you don’t have a friend, the other way that works is, stand on your head and sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” while juggling three oranges with your feet. At least that’s what I heard.

How do you get rid of the hiccups?

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

48 thoughts on “The ONLY way to get rid of the hiccups (hiccoughs)

  1. I hope they stay GONE! πŸ˜‰

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  2. Have not had any for a while, thank goodness. They are so tiresome!

    I just suffer them til they go away πŸ˜‰


  3. ha! I never believed that any of those cures worked. One night I had the hiccups at about 2 am and after 2 hours they were still there. I was boarding at the time and was in the kitchen getting a drink when my landlord came down (he was a friend of mine) and he told me to drink pickle juice, and passed me the bottle of pickles. I poured some juice into a cup and drank it – and the hiccups disappeared. Amazed me.


  4. OK — here goes, but with the warning: done by a professional hiccupper, do not try this at home.
    a) have someone scare you (you know just out and say boo, sneak up behind you and tickle you). Drawback: can cause laughter, not fear, which makes the hiccups worse.
    b) drink a glass of water through a handerchief (handerchief part is hard to do in 2016) from the far side of the glass. Drawback: dribble, laugh, laugh, hiccup
    c) hold your breath until you turn blue. Drawback: gasp, gasp, laugh, laugh, hiccup
    d) eat a teaspoon of white death (I mean sugar) without water or chocolate as accompaniment. Drawback: awakes sugar craving; chocolate has been known to stop hiccups.
    e) swallow your hiccups. Drawback: Painful, but works.
    f) read all of the above remedies submitted for Linda.
    As I said, do not try this at home, or in public for that matter. Hic
    See: and


  5. Yep, upside down, fingers-in-ears water drinking every time.
    Did you know; Pope Pius the first died of hiccups?


  6. My father taught me a surefire trick decades ago. It works! You drink water from the opposite side of the glass (make sure you tuck your chin in to avoid spills or do over the sink). It works because of the odd way you’re swallowing. Let me know. πŸ™‚


  7. Oh Lord, I’m so boring and scientific. Find the bottom of your ribcage with your fingertips and push. Stick your fingertips right into the muscle. A hiccup is a spasm of the diaphragm. It’s like a massage for that muscle.


    • Actually, this is great! First, because the puppy keeps getting the hiccups, so I can use this on him, but second and most of all, I have a son who is tube fed and doesn’t drink by mouth. Thank you for science!! πŸ˜€

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  8. I’ve always gone with drinking water upside down, I. e. putting your lips on the other side of the glass and bending over to drink.


  9. My husband told me to rub my earlobe and I thought he was insane but it works every time. Go figure.


  10. I take a sudden big deep breath and hold it for as long as I can. Almost always does the trick.


  11. I sip water slowly to the count of ten. Works for me.


  12. We will try your method next time — I hope it’s as clever as you πŸ™‚
    I know a woman (knew her as a girl, too) who gets hiccups so badly and yes, sometimes for days, and then she must go to the hospital to have a tube fed into her tummy to trigger her diaphragm!


  13. I eat an apple. Works about 80% of the time.


  14. a good scare gets rid of the hiccups…. unexpected scares…. like turning around and someone is standing right behind you kind of scare … works every time πŸ™‚


  15. What we have done with our kids is to give them a can of pop/soda and have them take a good drink. Eventually the gas generates a burp, which interrupts the hiccup cycle.


  16. I drink lots of water and it works.


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