What are Hiccups. How to Stop Hiccups/Hichki?

What are Hiccups?

A hiccup is a quick sharp, involuntary contraction (spasm) of the diaphragm muscle. When the muscle spasms, the vocal cords snap shut, producing the ‘hic’ sound. Thus known as hiccups or Hiccoughs.

Diagram of diaphragm
Diagram of diaphragm

Diaphragm, a dome-shaped  muscles found between lungs and stomach. This muscles helps you inhale and exhale air. When something irritates or disturbs this muscles, its spasm and forces you to suck air instantly. This strikes your vocal cord and shuts it, and keeps repeating this unless your muscles relaxes.

What causes Hiccups?

Some common causes of hiccups are:-

  • Drinking Alcohol or carbonated beverages
  • Eating food with air
  • Eating too much
  • Fear
  • Exitement

Some diseases which causes hiccups are:-

  • Liver Diseases
  • Pneumonia
  • Brain Tumor
  • Abnormal Surgeries
  • Strokes
  • Noxious fumes

How to stop, get rid of Hiccups? Hiccups Treatment.

 Some common and handy methods to stop hiccups:

  • Hold your breathe:

This is one of the common and handy solution. In this method you need to hold your breathe for a period of time (10-15 sec or any comfortable timing). When you holding your breathe you’re not releasing the carbon di-oxide and retaining it inside you. This is believed that retained corbon di-oxide will help to relax the diaphragm and muscles spasms which was leading to hiccups.

  • Drink one or two glass water quickly:

This is also one of the common and handy solution. You may have heard people just simply suggest to drink water when you hiccups and this actually works most of the time. Drinking water stimulate the nasopharynx and the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the stomach which can decrease hiccuping.

  • Bite on a lemon:

This methods works the same which stimulate the nasopharynx and the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the stomach which can decrease hiccupping.

  • Pull hard on your tongue:

This methods works the same which stimulate the nasopharynx and the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the stomach which can decrease hiccupping.

How to stop hiccups in babies?

  • Stop feeding and burp:  A new born babies inhales unwanted air while breast feeding which causes hiccups. By taking a break from breast feeding and burp the baby may help to get rid from hiccups.
  • Rub and Pat: Gently rub and pat the baby’s back. This can also help the baby’s diaphragm.
  • Use of pacifier: Some time baby hiccups while sleeping. You need to use pacifier instead of breastfeeding.

How To Stop Hiccups While Drunk?

Drinking alcohol will cause the abdomen to expand, particularly if it’s a effervescent potable like brew, champagne and plenty of mixed drinks. These drinks can even cause abdomen acid to get on my feet into the muscle system to cause hiccups, and cause irritation of the nerve that controls the diaphragm.

  • Hold your breathe:

This is one of the common and handy solution. In this method you need to hold your breathe for a period of time (10-15 sec or any comfortable timing). When you holding your breathe you’re not releasing the carbon di-oxide and retaining it inside you. This is believed that retained corbon di-oxide will help to relax the diaphragm and muscles spasms which was leading to hiccups.

  • Drink one or two glass water quickly:

This is also one of the common and handy solution. You may have heard people just simply suggest to drink water when you hiccups and this actually works most of the time. Drinking water stimulate the nasopharynx and the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the stomach which can decrease hiccuping.

  • Bite on a lemon:

This methods works the same which stimulate the nasopharynx and the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the stomach which can decrease hiccupping.

Can Hiccups causes death?

Hiccups usually stops on their own, or after some home remedy. But some time it doesn’t stops and takes a longer period. There are some stages of Hiccups according to its time periods. Hiccups that last less than 48 hours are called “Hiccups Bout”. Those which last more than 48 hours and up to one month are known as “Persistent hiccups”. Those which that last longer than one month are called”Intractable hiccups”. If your time period exceeds any of these you need to contact a doctor and start your treatment as soon as possible.