Wednesday, January 13, 2010


When my husband gets the hiccups, he really really gets them.  We're not talking petite little *hic*s here. We're talking wake the baby, shake the bed, painful HICcUP!s.   These are painful for him, and for those around him (sympathy pain and sometimes annoyance).

I have rarely had the hiccups, much less for more than a few moments.  What's always worked for me is my family's tried and true method: after the first hiccup but before the second, say out loud, "welcome strangers." I kid you not.  My brothers and I all swear by this method.

It does not work for every one though.  Normally E can get rid of his by sitting up straight and relaxing his diaphragm.  I don't have that kind of diaphragm control.

The other day E was afflicted rather suddenly with a particularly difficult case of the HICcUP!s.  We were just about to turn the lights out for the night when WHAM he couldn't get these suckers to stop.  In fact, he ended up taking a sleep aid, which knocked him out.  The next day, however, the HICcUP!s returned. 

They departed as suddenly as they had come, with no effort on E's part.  It's a mystery.

Do you have a method for getting rid of the hiccups?


  1. I lean over and drink water and swallow it while I'm still bent over. Then I stand up and hold my breath. It works about 50% of the time -- still 50% is better than nothing.

  2. I have nothing that works for me, but when I get them, I'll have them off and on the ENTIRE day, you can count on it. My brother is the same way. Huh. Go figure.

  3. Hold your breath as long as possible. Or stand on your head and sing the alphabet backwards. I've never tried that last one, but if that doesn't work, I don't know what will.

  4. Well, I'm way late answering this, but I couldn't resist. My never-fail method for curing the hiccups came from my 7th grade social studies teacher: plug your ears and drink water for as long as you can. Use a straw and cup and take a big long drink. It has never failed me!


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