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?