When I was younger my mother told me that the only way to cure hiccups or hiccoughs is to drink water. I’ve tried this many, many times with inconsistent results. I’ve also tried many other methods of stopping hiccups like holding my breath, pulling my ears, pinching my nose, drinking honey and getting tickled (made me feel worse). That was until B told me that the best cure for hiccups does indeed lie in drinking water but not just any water — it has to be warm.
I was a bit skeptical at first that just by simply drinking warm water alone can actually help to stop hiccups. The solution was way too simple, but his reasoning made sense — hiccups are caused by the spasming of the diaphragm (spelled wrongly as diapragm in the illustration, I know), a sheet of muscle located across the bottom the ribcage. And what do you do when a you get a muscle cramp? You apply heat. Does this warm water method really stop hiccups? You bet. It works like a charm for me every time. The hiccups will resolve in less than a minute (usually about 15 seconds). If it doesn’t work for you, what you’re drinking probably isn’t warm enough, try something warmer.
The first time I tried it, I was very surprised that it worked so fast. B was more amused that I didn’t know about this method before because he had assumed that everyone else knew it! That was about 6 years ago. For the past 6 years, each time someone else has the hicks, I tell him/her to drink warm water. And each time, they’d be surprised at how effective my method is (my method because I marketed it aggressively. ;) LOL). It then occurred to me that every one else in the world may have never heard of this very simple and effective remedy to hiccups. This must change!
So I now present you, The World, the only tried, tested and confirmed way to stop hiccups that you ever need to know – WARM WATER.
You read it here first — Try it yourself, tell your friends, spread the word.
Some other methods on how to stop hiccups are listed below. You may want to try at your own risk (a.k.a. MYTHS!?)
Thank you for your comments and suggestions, dear readers!
You might also be interested in reading Escalating Hiccup – Stretching and Other Tried and Tested Ways to Stop Hiccups where I try some of your suggested methods to stop hiccups!