Hiccups are wretched, involuntary contractions your diaphragm makes. If you don’t know how to make them go away, they can be very annoying or even painful. Most of the time, hiccups only last a short while, but sometimes, they can rage on and on throughout the day. The next time you’re having trouble with diaphragm spasms, try a few of these home remedies to see if you can put those tiresome hiccups to rest.
1. Hold Your Breath
By far the best remedy for hiccups is holding your breath. Wait for yourself to hiccup. Then immediately take a deep breath and hold it for at least 45 seconds to a minute. The trick is to hold it long enough till the time taken for the next hiccup has passed. The ensuing carbon dioxide build up in the lungs, relaxes the diaphragm. The hiccupping stops instantly. If it doesn’t, try swallowing a few times when holding your breath.
2. Drink Water
Try drinking or even gargling with cold water. Take several sips of water in a row to exercise your esophagus and release the tension in the diaphragm. If this doesn’t work, try gargling cold water for 20 to 30 seconds. If neither of these do the trick, drink a glass of cold water quickly, or move on to another method.
3. Paper Bag
Many swear by this method of breathing into a paper bag. Don’t just breathe in but breathe in and out in a rapid motion. The paper bag technique works on the same lines as the breath holding technique. If you fee lightheaded or dizzy, stop immediately.
4. Lemon & Bitters
Experienced Bartenders suggest taking a lemon, coating it with bitters and biting on it. Most bartenders claim this is a fool proof and instant hiccup cure as they have had several experiences dealing with patrons with hiccups.