Most individuals experience hiccups sometimes. In most cases, it should only last for a few minutes. It eventually settles on its own or it can be managed at home.
What should I do to stop or prevent hiccups?
Even though many find these helpful, it might not always work for everybody.
Some of the measures that you can do include:
- Breathe into a paper bag
- Provide the individual with ice-cold water to sip
- The individual should pull his/her knees to the chest and lean forward
- Swallow some granulated sugar
- The individual should hold his/her breath for a brief time
- Bite on a lemon or taste vinegar
Some of the things to avoid include:
- Eat spicy foods
- Drink fizzy, alcohol or hot beverages
- Chew on gum or smoke since these will allow the individual to swallow air
- Eat food rapidly
- Drink or eat something very cold followed right away by something hot
Why do hiccups occur?
There is no evident reason why hiccups occur, but some individuals have certain triggers such as:
- Eating and drinking
- Strong emotions such as excitement
In rare instances, hiccups that last longer than 48 hours can might be brought about by a medical condition or certain drugs being used.
When to consult a doctor
- If the hiccups lasts longer than 48 hours
- The episodes recur very often and disrupts with life
If a doctor is consulted, the assessment involves determining the root cause of the hiccups whether a health condition or medication being used. The treatment of the condition or changing medications should put an end to the hiccups.
In case there is no evident cause, the doctor might prescribe medications to deal with the hiccups but remember that it will not work for everyone.