These spasms of your diaphragm muscle are considered not to be harmful, but they can really drive you nuts until you find a way to stop them. So when you’re desperate to stop hiccups, try these 9 methods:
1. Sugar method
This is a popular technique that i believe everyone already knows. Swallowing one spoon of sugar could stop the hiccups. It is believed that because of its graininess sugar could slightly irritate the esophagus, causing the phrenic nerves to “reset”, although there is no proof of this.
Take a teaspoon of vinegar. Its sour taste could stop a hiccup in its tracks
3. Peanut butter
It is a classic trick in the United States. It 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. Therefore, the hiccups will be history.
4. Hot sauce
This method is considered to work because the heat and burn are distracting enough to turn your body’s focus on the burn, instead of the hiccups.
Stir one teaspoon of honey in slightly warm water and put it on the back of your tongue and then swallow it. Like dill, honey could potentially tickle the vagus nerve to make the hiccups stop.
Eat some powdered chocolate drink mix, cocoa or Ovaltine, right off the spoon. It’s not easy to swallow the spoonful but it should stop the hiccups.
7. Brown bag
Breathe slowly and deeply into a small paper bag. This increases the carbon dioxide level in the blood and makes the diaphragm contract more deeply to bring in more oxygen, which should stop the hiccup spasms. However, stop the process if you start to feel light-headed.
8. Dill seeds
This is a simple and 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.
9. Paper towel
Put a single layer of paper towel over the top of a glass and 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.
10. Grandma’s method
This is the one that my Grandma told me and it’s the method i use when hiccups are starting to get on my nerves. It includes drinking 3 sips of water on time intervals. After you hiccup, drink 1 sip of water and then wait for 5-6 seconds before you drink the second sip. Then again, 5 seconds after the second sip, drink the third sip. This way the hiccups should stop (they always stop for me.)