How to stop hiccups? Home Remedies For Hiccups
Hiccups, is someone missing you? In India, there is a common myth that hiccups are a sign that someone is missing you. But have you ever thought, there might be some scientific reason to hiccups? Well, the answer is, “yes”. And in case, you wonder if hiccups and hiccoughs are different? No, they mean the same. Hiccups are a sudden involuntary contraction of diaphragm- a sheet of muscle below the lungs. Hiccups are generally caused due to overeating and eating or drinking too quickly. In some cases, it is even related to the nervous system of our body as well as our lifestyle habits. Hiccoughs can ever occur in a foetus.
How to stop hiccups?
Though, hiccups usually last for a very short period. Yet they can easily make us uncomfortable, embarrassed and our throats dry and itchy. If hiccups last for more than three hours and disturb sleeping or eating pattern, one must see a doctor. In an extreme scenario, it may lead to major health issues. There is a usual mindset that hiccups stop on their own and there isn’t a solution for them. But actually, there are some effortless solutions to this problem. You can help yourself in most cases.
Some home remedies have been listed below to stop hiccups–
- Hold your breath- As your hiccups start, hold your breath for around a minute. This will help your body retain carbon dioxide, which is considered to ease the spasms in diaphragm.
- Drink a glass of water- This is the most common method used to decrease hiccups. This would relax your throat.
- Have someone startle you- This seems a weird solution but this is effective. When someone startles you it breaks your chain of thoughts and distracts you.
- Gargle using water- For this, you can use lukewarm water with a pinch of salt.
- Sugar – Place a tablespoon of dry sugar at the inner end of your tongue. You can repeat this process 2-3 times with an interval of 2 minutes. In extreme cases, a doctor may prescribe medications such as chlorpromazine(Thorazine), haloperidol (Haldol), and metoclopramide (Reglan) for severe, persistent hiccups.
Well, the next time someone starts hiccuping, plan a little prank, help them and make a memory. Hiccups aren’t any major health issue but by being a bit conscious you can make it easier for yourself.