Hiccups Cure: How to Stop Hiccups With 9 Quick Tricks

These spasms of your diaphragm muscle are not harmful, but until you find a hiccups cure, they can drive you nuts. So when you're desperate to know how to stop hiccups, try these 9 tricks.

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Swallow something sweet

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A spoonful of sugar is a popular hiccups cure because its graininess could slightly irritate the esophagus, causing the phrenic nerves to "reset" themselves, although there is no proof of this.

...Or something sour

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Take a teaspoonful of vinegar. Its sour taste could stop a hiccup in its tracks.

Have some peanut butter

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A classic hiccups cure involves eating a big spoonful of peanut butter. In the process of chewing and getting it off your tongue and teeth, your swallowing and breathing patterns are interrupted. And hence, the hiccups will be history.

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Sip some hot sauce

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This probably works because the heat and burn are distracting enough to turn your body's focus on the burn, instead of the hiccup process.

Enjoy a little honey

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Put 1 teaspoon of honey, stirred in warm water, on the back of your tongue, and swallow it. Like dill, honey could potentially tickle the vagus nerve to make the hiccups stop. Bonus: Honey is also a known infection fighter and cough soother.

Yummy chocolate remedy

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Eat some powdered chocolate drink mix (cocoa or Ovaltine) right off the spoon. Swallowing the spoonful isn't easy and should cure the hiccups.

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Brown bag 'em

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Breathe slowly and deeply into a small paper bag. (Stop if you feel light-headed.) This increases the carbon dioxide level in the blood and makes the diaphragm contract more deeply to bring in more oxygen, which may stop the hiccup spasms. Find out here why brown bags can also help relive toothaches.

Chew up some dill

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Here's a simple, pleasant-tasting trick: Slowly chew a teaspoon of dill seeds. This traditional cure may work because swallowing the seeds stimulates the vagus nerve to make the hiccups stop.

Try the paper towel trick

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Place a single layer of paper towel over the top of a glass, then drink through the towel. You'll have to "pull" harder with your diaphragm to suck up the water, and concentrated gulping counteracts spasmodic muscle movements of hiccups.

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69 thoughts on “Hiccups Cure: How to Stop Hiccups With 9 Quick Tricks

  1. Another one that works is to try to drink out of the wrong side of a glass – in other words, sort of upside down…really works

  2. eating lime is very quick cure my hiccups, I am glad my hiccups gone right away after I eat lime.

  3. I’ve had hiccups for about two solid days now. Thank you so much for this. Peanut butter worked for me and the world is a better place.

  4. My client has hiccups and he’s fed thru a tube so I can’t really put anything in his mouth any suggestions

  5. Yes,water with sugar in a glass tumbler covered with light cloth and taken at one breath,holding one’s breath at the same time gave instant relief. It is really amazing.

  6. Yeah.tryed the paoertoew thing with the glass of water.seemed to stop it but then I though I was gonna vomit but all that came was= air. Thanx.P.

  7. put the towel on the glass for how long?
    and shoud we drink the water with the towel on?

  8. You just need to chug a big glass of water an try to finish all of it.NO ICE IT WILL BE TO COLD!!!:-)

  9. 100% CURE (works every time) take a plastic cup(if your alone you will have to bite cup while drinking because your hands will be occupied) fill it with water ,using both hands plug your ears and nose while drinking water..Make sure you dont stop drinking until you feel lke you are at your absolute last breath and you must stop to take one. you will gasp for air and your hiccups will be gone !!! this works every single time ! My belief is that it simulates an underwater hiccup attack which would be very bad ..to avoid drowning your body will compensate. or its just a pressure thing ..regardless it works!

  10. just hold your breath for about 10 seconds,do it 2-3 times. simple as that. it always works.

    1. I have had the hiccups for two days. That water towel remedy WORKS!
      Thank you so much for the advise. You are a life saver

  11. im very stressed about my hiccups its already 2 days, on and off lasted for hours….i tried any remedy that ive been searched but none that works…i tried to drowned myself hey guess what its gone hahhahahah

  12. Hot sauce works for me and that’s how I found this page. Searched to see if I was the only one.

  13. I always drink a glass of water UPSIDE DOWN (bent over forward). ALWAYS WORKS!!!
    This time (in 30 years, didn’t work). Just reading the comments on this page….. WORKED!! Thanx

  14. I tried many of the suggestions, thank you for them all. It started Sunday with something sick in my stomach? Monday non-stop hickups. After 4 hours of them, I had to do something. The Pharmacist was so overworked that he deferred me to a Doctor’s visit, “because this was nerve related”. Holding your breath for as long as you can, as many times in a row. This worked for me. The “physiological picture” I had envisioned, was a stomach with an acid imbalance perhaps body temperature related. Sleeping, sweating, and sipping fluids, and time gave me back my normal life. Woke up at 5am to the beginning of a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

  15. The sugar remedy worked for me! Thank you so much! Next time I shall try the honey and water combination.

  16. Just did the water through towel bit. And it worked. Fabulous. Thanx

  17. If you have ever watched Malcolm in the middle you will know about his friend stevie. If you get the hiccups, do an impression of Stevie and it will go. Sounds silly but it works!

  18. just hold your breath and take a mouth full of water and swallow it 6-8 times

  19. Stand up and look towards the ceiling. breathe in and not exhale. Keep on breathing in as hard as possible and as long as possible. Make sure the a bed or couch nearby to fall into if you faint.

    Alternative :
    Drink water while lying down.

    1. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! It worked! After trying all the above stuff finally THIS worked! Thank You soooooooooooo much!!!!! :D

  20. The apple cider vinegar worked immeadiatly, very sour! But did the trick, thanks,

  21. Take 5-10 sips of water how ever much you can take but better if you take the whole glass

  22. Chug a jar of shine. May not cure hiccups but you won’t care ya got em any longer.

  23. Thank you for the paper towel over the glass of water magic gone just like that.

  24. just get a spoonfull of peanut butter that one really works i promise i love it !!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. Maybe not so much deepthroughting my finger, but burping does work. Usually I’ll chug a beer, or anything with carbonation. Burp and gone.

  25. Okay get a glass filled with gooseberry pie filled with menuer then eat it. Hiccups are gone and you can enjoy your stupid ignorant life

  26. Get a glass of water. Put a towel on the top of it. Then drink the water in the glass threw the towel. Drink the whole glass. HICCUPS ARE GONE! :D

    1. Thank u so much I really helped and worked!!!!!!! Because of u I will remember this thank u!!!!!

      1. So sad.. all these things might work as a typical american REMEDY but hickups are a result of lack of salt in a diet..as much as they dont want us to think that salt is good for us…try a pinch of salt sumn times it takes a little more if your body needs it.

      1. Throw. Throw the towel in the clothes hamper and throw the glass out in the yard. You’ll be all through with the hiccups and glad you threw the glass and towel through the air. I guess I’m through throwing my words through the internet.

    2. Thanks so much! I’ve had the hiccups on and off bad now for about 36 hours. The paper towel and drink trick worked!!!

    3. IT WORKS!!! I am very thankful for your suggestion. I had an annoying hiccup that lasted for hours. THANKS you made ny day

    4. OMG its literally like magic! Thankyou so so so much I had a terrible hiccup since 4 hours and it stopped instantly. You’re a life-savior!

      1. Chlorine Bleach in the towel (from the laundry) = salt derivative,, salt helps cases of the hiccups

    5. God bless you Goff. Thank u so much. Even doctors were not of any help for me since yesterday. Your trick helped me instantly.

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