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2012-09-15 12:36:56 PM  
The latter resulted in his doctor, Dr. Francis M Fesmire, being honoured with the IgNobel Prize in Medicine at a ceremony at Harvard in Boston in 2006 for the discovery that rectal massage or an orgasm can actually stop acute hiccups.

So when your child comes to you with a bad case of hiccups, you can give them their choice...
 
2012-09-15 01:18:19 PM  
Article isn't loading for me. But what I do is stretch my diaphragm by exhaling as much air as possible, and then trying to get all the extra out, then I do the opposite and inhale as much as possible, then keep sipping air until it feels like my lungs are going to explode. It works perfectly everytime.
 
2012-09-15 01:18:24 PM  
I've always just held my breath, gasping for air when I have to. Usually gets rid of them in a couple minutes.
 
2012-09-15 01:24:13 PM  
Three cheers for Dr. Fesmire!

Hi, hic, hOOOOrayyyyyYYYYYyyyYYyyyyyy....
 
2012-09-15 01:29:57 PM  
I usually fill up my lungs, hold that breath for as long as I can, and let it out slowly. Take a few normal breaths in between so I don't hyperventilate, and repeat until the hiccups go away during the normal breathing part. Usually only takes two or three tries.
 
2012-09-15 01:31:34 PM  
FTFA: "Swallow a spoonful of saltwater, sugar, honey or peanut butter: These condiments can tickle your vagus nerve thereby stimulating it into fixing the disconnect between your diaphragm and vocal cords."

the variant I've used is to swallow a spoon of dry granulated sugar without working up spit to help it go down. The irritating sensation tends to confuse things and break the hiccup cycle.
 
2012-09-15 01:34:43 PM  
Taking a deep breath and holding it for ten seconds has ALWAYS worked for me in the past.
 
2012-09-15 01:35:41 PM  
I've had moderate success, and don't laugh at this, by saying the word "purple."

//okay, laugh
 
2012-09-15 01:38:06 PM  
Holding my breath always works for me. The trick is to completely fill your lungs and hold it til the next one hits. So many people wimp out and let their breath out before the next one hits, then say it doesn't work.
 
2012-09-15 01:52:34 PM  
everyone says they have a sure-fire cure for the hiccups.

I do.

(assistance may be required)

Plug your ears, chug a glass of water.

Works every time.

/You can use this at parties and have drunk people looking at you like you're the messiah.
 
2012-09-15 01:58:56 PM  
It's about controlling your diaphragm. For some people, holding your breath works, others you have to slowly exhale. For me, I drink a glass of water constantly, but slowly over about a minute.
 
2012-09-15 02:04:29 PM  

MurphyMurphy: everyone says they have a sure-fire cure for the hiccups.

I do.

(assistance may be required)

Plug your ears, chug a glass of water.

Works every time.

/You can use this at parties and have drunk people looking at you like you're the messiah.


My failsafe method is a variation on that: drink entire glass of water through straw while plugging ears. (no assistance required.. though very silly looking)
 
2012-09-15 02:10:05 PM  
Just stand or sit patiently, waiting for the next hiccup to arrive. Pay attention. Keep waiting...

...and in about 10 minutes, when you've completely forgotten that you were supposed to be waiting for a hiccup, you'll realize they've gone and that next hiccup never came.

Works every time for me.
 
2012-09-15 02:25:37 PM  
Whenever I hear someone with the hiccups, I demand that they hiccup for me RIGHT NOW. I keep insisting that they PROVE to me that they actually have the hiccups and that they're not faking it... RIGHT NOW.

(shrug) I don't know why, but it invariably seems to do the trick.
 
2012-09-15 02:27:08 PM  
I found out that I can just stop any time I want. No tricks like breath holding, drinking water, snorting flour while standing on my head, I just calmly tell myself not to do it anymore and I stop. It took a lot of concentration at first but now I can stop them any time I want. Just breath normally and concentrate, tell yourself not to hiccup any more. It works.
 
2012-09-15 02:29:33 PM  
My foolproof method is to drink a glass of water from the opposite side of the glass. The combination of bending at the waist, concentration, and breath holding seems to reset the diaphragm. It's best to do it over a sink though.
 
2012-09-15 02:41:55 PM  

grxymkjbn: Whenever I hear someone with the hiccups, I demand that they hiccup for me RIGHT NOW. I keep insisting that they PROVE to me that they actually have the hiccups and that they're not faking it... RIGHT NOW.

(shrug) I don't know why, but it invariably seems to do the trick.


I use a similar technique, 100% success rate: I bet people that they can hiccup again. I offer them something, like $5 if they can produce another hiccup. I'm sure there will be an exception at some point, but it's worked every time so far. When I get the hiccups, I try to make myself hiccup, and I can't.
 
2012-09-15 02:48:27 PM  
Weird one I learned when I worked at the bar. Slice of lime with angostura bitters on it. Bite like after a tequila shot. Its instantaneous.
 
2012-09-15 03:08:41 PM  

jboy: Weird one I learned when I worked at the bar. Slice of lime with angostura bitters on it. Bite like after a tequila shot. Its instantaneous.


This is the one that works in the most stubborn cases. Especially on very drunk people.
 
2012-09-15 03:17:38 PM  
The only thing that works for me is to allow one particularly loud and embarrassing hiccup to happen.
 
2012-09-15 03:19:56 PM  
The most reliable one that I know involves rubbing the roof of your mouth, between the hard and soft palate, with a moistened cotton applicator (the long version of a Q-Tip). Read about it years ago in Discover magazine.

CSB: I had a hospital roommate who had been run over by a runaway wheel and tire at a racetrack, he had lots of broken bones, including several ribs. He had an intractable case of the hiccups that were incredibly painful and the nurses were trying everything to stop them. I told them to try the above trick and the hiccups stopped right away. In appreciation, they let me have an extra serving of boiled turkey at dinner.
 
2012-09-15 03:27:40 PM  

Gough: In appreciation, they let me have an extra serving of boiled turkey at dinner.


They sat on your face?
 
2012-09-15 03:43:20 PM  

Podmore: The latter resulted in his doctor, Dr. Francis M Fesmire, being honoured with the IgNobel Prize in Medicine at a ceremony at Harvard in Boston in 2006 for the discovery that rectal massage or an orgasm can actually stop acute hiccups.

So when your child comes to you with a bad case of hiccups, you can give them their choice...


Where do you think this new lollipop is supposed to go?
 
2012-09-15 04:05:14 PM  
holding your breath and Re-breathing to increase the CO2 levels and force a natural relaxation seems to work fine..
 
2012-09-15 04:11:24 PM  

Mentalpatient87: I've had moderate success, and don't laugh at this, by saying the word "purple."

//okay, laugh


What works for me >90% of the time is to say, "Welcome, strangers," after the first hiccup.
 
2012-09-15 04:17:56 PM  
"...the discovery that rectal massage or an orgasm can actually stop acute hiccups"

This is Good News for all basement-dwelling Farkers.
 
2012-09-15 05:36:42 PM  
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2012-09-15 05:43:15 PM  

Girion47: Article isn't loading for me. But what I do is stretch my diaphragm by exhaling as much air as possible, and then trying to get all the extra out, then I do the opposite and inhale as much as possible, then keep sipping air until it feels like my lungs are going to explode. It works perfectly everytime.



Same here.
 
2012-09-15 05:53:09 PM  

czetie: Just stand or sit patiently, waiting for the next hiccup to arrive. Pay attention. Keep waiting...

...and in about 10 minutes, when you've completely forgotten that you were supposed to be waiting for a hiccup, you'll realize they've gone and that next hiccup never came.

Works every time for me.


Yeah, every "cure" for hiccups I've ever tried hasn't worked. They usually go away on their own after five or ten minutes. Which, oddly enough, is how long my friends insist their "cures" need to take effect.

Haven't tried chugging water while plugging my ears, though. I'm trying to figure out what impact plugging your ears would have on the spastic movement of your diaphragm. I'll give it a shot when I next have the chance, though. I really hate hiccups.

/especially at work
//grocery store cashier
///"And did you *hic* find ever-*hic* everything you *hic* were looking for to-*hic* today?"
 
2012-09-15 07:08:35 PM  

Lachwen: Yeah, every "cure" for hiccups I've ever tried hasn't worked. They usually go away on their own after five or ten minutes. Which, oddly enough, is how long my friends insist their "cures" need to take effect.


You don't find it at all odd that it happens five to ten minutes from when you start the cure, rather than five to ten minutes from when you first started to hiccup?
 
2012-09-15 07:18:04 PM  
I punch myself in the heart really hard as soon as I hiccup. It's called negative reinforcement, you gotta teach your body you won't put up with that crap.
 
2012-09-15 07:56:04 PM  

Hand Banana: I found out that I can just stop any time I want. No tricks like breath holding, drinking water, snorting flour while standing on my head, I just calmly tell myself not to do it anymore and I stop. It took a lot of concentration at first but now I can stop them any time I want. Just breath normally and concentrate, tell yourself not to hiccup any more. It works.


This works for me as well. Every time.
 
2012-09-15 08:14:20 PM  
my method:

* fill a glass of water (room temperature, not chilled)
* when the next hiccup occurs, deeply inhale and hold your breath
* drink the entire glass of water non-stop
* exhale through pursed lips very slowly

usually gets rid of them first time, but sometime it takes a few tries. It's usually best to be in a quiet area where nothing is distracting you.
 
2012-09-15 08:36:48 PM  
A method that works for me is breathing in and out of a plastic bag until I start to get light headed. I heard it has something to do with the increased CO2.
 
2012-09-15 08:56:56 PM  

HairBolus: FTFA: "Swallow a spoonful of saltwater, sugar, honey or peanut butter: These condiments can tickle your vagus nerve thereby stimulating it into fixing the disconnect between your diaphragm and vocal cords."

the variant I've used is to swallow a spoon of dry granulated sugar without working up spit to help it go down. The irritating sensation tends to confuse things and break the hiccup cycle.


The peanut butter alone has worked for me. A friend recommended it once and it has been one of the best pieces of advice I've ever received (I, sadly, get the hiccups more than I wish to admit).
 
2012-09-15 08:57:22 PM  
Sticking your head between subby's moms legs will induce a gag reflex that will stop the hic-ups. Although, nothing has been found to cure the gag reflex.
 
2012-09-15 09:00:46 PM  

HairBolus: FTFA: "Swallow a spoonful of saltwater, sugar, honey or peanut butter: These condiments can tickle your vagus nerve thereby stimulating it into fixing the disconnect between your diaphragm and vocal cords."

the variant I've used is to swallow a spoon of dry granulated sugar without working up spit to help it go down. The irritating sensation tends to confuse things and break the hiccup cycle.


The teaspoon of sugar trick works for me every time. We were talking about cures at work and I brought up the sugar. A friend of mine instantly tried to tell us how bad it was by trying to tell everyone how many empty calories are in a teaspoon of sugar. She was drinking a 20oz Mountain Dew at the time.
 
2012-09-15 09:43:33 PM  
For some reason, I always get hiccups after eating a couple of Pop-Tarts (go ahead and laugh, they still taste good to me). There's some good tips here to try out for next time.
 
2012-09-15 09:45:21 PM  
I just remind myself I'm not a farking fish, due to some sort of article I read on Fark years back. Something something hiccups may be our body trying to use gills it doesn't have. It works for me, but I dunno the accuracy of what I'm rambling.
 
2012-09-15 11:06:07 PM  
Take a deep breath and hold it until you feel like you can't hold it anymore. Then without exhaling, breathe in again and hold it again. Do the same thing again if you can. Ever since I learned of that method, it's worked every time.
 
2012-09-15 11:34:23 PM  
I had a bad case of hiccups last year, lasted 2 days, no sleep. I tried all* of the aforementioned remedies to no avail. What finally did it for me was to induce myself to sneeze (tickling deep in the nostril with a rolled up kleenex) about 8 times. It seems to work on a related neural pathway, resets the diaphragm. They did come back about 2 hrs later, but sneezing a couple more times banished them.

*OK, I didn't try the gag reflex with subby's mom...
 
2012-09-16 12:17:06 AM  
FTFA, "Why? Because the vagus nerve which runs the vocal cords is connected to our gut near our bottom. Over stimulus of this nerve can relax the vocal cords which means a bit of bedroom action might be your answer to those pesky breathing problems."

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2012-09-16 01:45:13 AM  
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2012-09-16 02:51:20 AM  
If you take a deep breath and it doesnt fix your hiccups you did two things wrong.
a) you have to FILL your lungs. that means dont just suck in some air and hold it, it means breathe in until you cant. then take a few mouthfulls of air and force them down too. If its not painful it wont work, you have to stretch the diaphragm.
b) hold it until the hiccups stop. If you let out the breath and you keep hiccuping, you pussed out and didnt hold it long enough.
 
2012-09-16 06:28:21 AM  
Sneak up behind them with as 12 volt battery and a Stebel Natulus Compact Airhorn. If being unexpectedly blasted with 139db doesn't scare the hiccups out of someone, nothing will.
 
2012-09-16 03:31:16 PM  

grxymkjbn: Whenever I hear someone with the hiccups, I demand that they hiccup for me RIGHT NOW. I keep insisting that they PROVE to me that they actually have the hiccups and that they're not faking it... RIGHT NOW.

(shrug) I don't know why, but it invariably seems to do the trick.


My late dad used to do this for me when I was little and he would always make me giggle uncomtrollably. And the hiccups would go away. I later in life had a difficult relationship with my father because of his addictions, but this is one of the good memories I have of him that makes me smile every time. I had no idea other people used this method, I thought it was his silly invention.
 
2012-09-16 03:48:53 PM  

czetie: Lachwen: Yeah, every "cure" for hiccups I've ever tried hasn't worked. They usually go away on their own after five or ten minutes. Which, oddly enough, is how long my friends insist their "cures" need to take effect.

You don't find it at all odd that it happens five to ten minutes from when you start the cure, rather than five to ten minutes from when you first started to hiccup?


When I try a cure, the hiccups generally go away in five to ten minutes.

When I DON'T try a cure (that is, I just sorta shrug and say "Dammit, I've got the hiccups"), they ALSO generally go away in five to ten minutes.

So either way, I have hiccups for the same amount of time. That suggests the "cures" I've tried don't do a damned thing.
 
2012-09-16 03:49:59 PM  
Or rather, don't do a damned thing that my body doesn't work out on its own in the same timeframe.
 
2012-09-17 05:42:45 AM  
So let me get this straight. The best cure is to have anal sex while chocking down a spoonful of sugar, holding my breadth and plugging my ears? Got it. Going to the airplane bathroom with and unwilling partner now...
 
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