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Old 03-12-2006, 07:03 PM
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"Cures" For Hiccups--What Works & What Doesn't??

There are thousands of "cures" out there for hiccups. What works and what doesn't? Please let us know!
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Old 03-13-2006, 04:39 AM
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It sounds bazaar, but a finger scoop of creamy peanut butter works everytime for me.... strange but true!
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Old 03-13-2006, 05:50 AM
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I'll second MomsZoo's suggestion. It works for me also! I suggested it to a friend of DH's once; I had just come home and the poor guy had been going for 30 minutes with no sign of stopping. Handed him the PB jar and a spoon and bingo! He was done!

Sometimes when I can't get to any PB, I have tried coughing really hard. I read someplace that hiccups are caused because the diaphragm muscle separating the abdomen and chest is "out of place" and a good cough can sometimes replace it.
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:25 PM
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PB works, so does sugar or soda
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Old 03-19-2006, 08:31 AM
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My favorite treatment is the scare treatment. Scare the hiccups out of the person. It has a high success rate for me, but nothing is 100% perfect. Also, try staring at the person. The main point is to have the person hold his or her breath long enough to stop the hiccups.

I have never heard the PB, but it is worth a try.
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Old 03-19-2006, 12:40 PM
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Hiccups are spasms of the diaphram. Take a deep breath and hold it as long as comfortably possible.(Don't turn blue and pass out). It might take two times, but it has always worked for me.
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Old 03-19-2006, 02:19 PM
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Well, I know that the Phrenic nerve controlls the diaphragm. When that nerve is irritated ( usually because of some irritation to the esophagus, like reflux,) it causes hiccoughs. The Phrenic nerve can be irritated right at the back of your tounge. So anything that will re-irritate the phrenic nerve will reset the hiccoughs. I find that a little sugar on the back of the tounge ( don't dissolve, just swallow) helps, same with holding your breath till it burns, or pulling your tounge out as far as you can and hold it there, will work.

BTW, I'd be very cautious with eating peanut butter from a spoon .. I have had several people die from choking on peanut butter... It's something you can't pull out of their airway, and you can't intubate through it either.. Very scary and sad
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Old 03-19-2006, 06:18 PM
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I agree with Trekmom -- a spoonful of sugar and wash it down with water (and then brush your teeth!). This has always worked for me and my family!
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Old 03-20-2006, 01:48 AM
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An old, gypsy remedy tried and tested, never fails to work AND provides amusement...Take a glass of water and have the person with the hiccoughs drink it slowly and steadily as SOMEONE ELSE holds the glass! I usually tell the person with hiccoughs NOT to touch the glass under any circumstances and they think it's magic!
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Old 03-20-2006, 10:14 AM
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Great things to try here!! Ive always heard the holding your breath, sugar and scaring things! But many of these are new to me!! thanks!
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