Hiccups refer to the involuntary contractions in the diaphragm muscles. It separates the chest from the stomach and helps in breathing. Irritation in the nerves of the diaphragm makes the breath to move in a jerky way that produces a different sound termed as hiccups.

Causes of Hiccups
The exact cause of hiccups is not known but some believed causes are:
  • Eating too much and too fast
  • Sudden excitement
  • Hot and spicy foods
  • Stomach disorders
  • Kidney problems
  • Infection in lungs

Home Remedies for Hiccups

It’s an old belief that holding the breath will stop the hiccups.

Drinking water frequently in short durations is also helpful.

Eating a spoonful of peanut butter stops hiccups quickly and is one of the effective home remedies for hiccups.

Taking deep breaths will also hiccups cure.

Gargling with water is also considered effective. Good Home Remedy for Hiccups.

Slowly sucking a tablespoon of sugar will give immediate relief.

Diverting the mind to some other thought will hiccups treatment.

Make a mixture by adding 2 tsp of common salt in a cup of plain yogurt and eat it slowly. This is very effective home remedy for hiccups.

Eating a bowl full of yogurt with a pinch of salt is also a good hiccups remedy.

Boil 1/2 tsp of cardamom fresh powder in 2 cup water, sieve it and drink a glassful of this warm water to stop hiccups. This is a very good home remedy for hiccups.

Sucking crushed ice provides immediate relief from irritating hiccups.

In case if children eating a teaspoon of peanut butter will immediately stop the hiccups. It is good diet for hiccups.

Tickling the throat with a cotton swab is also effective. This is another good home remedy for hiccups.

Sucking small piece of ginger will also cure recurring hiccups. his is very effective hiccups treatment.

Keeping an ice bag on the diaphragm is also effective.

Mix 1/2 tsp mustard seeds with 1/2 tsp of pure ghee and swallow this mixture. It will stop hiccups quickly. This hiccups remedy is one of the effective home remedies for hiccups.

Laughing loudly will soon stop the hiccups.

User Recommended Home Remedies for Hiccups:

Another interesting one is "Rectal Massage".  So maybe if you stick your finger up your butt you will cure yourself.  Of course, then you'll have other problems... - Leesa

Drink one ounce of white vinigar to cure Hiccups - Elisa

Drink some water from the other side of the cup(the far side), so that your basically sort of drinking upside down(the water is actually being swallowed and then goes UP your throat since YOUR upside down!) Somehow the forcing of the water UP kills Hiccups!  - Justyn

Home Remedies: sounds silly, but since I was young family told me to do this and works... pour a glass of water, or take a water bottle easier (any liquid) close your ears with your thumbs, and lift the glass or bottle with other fingers and drink. Hiccup cure right away!!! - Alesandra from Toronto

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Home Remedies for Hiccups
For hiccups- hold breath for five seconds then drink something without letting go of breath.- after do short little breaths for about 10 seconds
#1 - Ashleigh - 08/21/2007 - 01:48
Remedy for Hiccups
I know this is strange but to rid hiccups, fill a small glass with tap water and place a paper towel over the opening of the glass. Drink all of the water through the paper towel. It always works for me! :)
#2 - Casey - 11/17/2007 - 00:16
I used to hold my breath and drink water. I read laughing out loud cured hiccups... and I laughed so hard, my hiccups disappeared. Go figure?
#3 - Kat - 11/22/2007 - 06:05
The napkin over the glass idea is good. Ive been doing it for 30 years. I try to drink as much of the glass, through the napkin as I can with one gulp. Oh yes I also dont take a breath until Im done drinking.
#4 - jamie - 12/29/2007 - 20:27
i have had the hiccups for eight years. i can not find a way to get rid of them. i am past the basic hiccups. when imove to fast, lift heavy things, lay on my sides, bend over to long i get the hiccups. even if i dont eat i get them. i have tramendous weight loss ,it causes me to spit up blood at time. i really need help to rid this thing. if any one no of any thing please let me know. i've tried everything except surgury. my email address is [email protected]
#5 - edgar brady - 01/31/2008 - 14:00
I was at a bar one night and had the hiccups pretty bad, the bartender gave me a slice of lime with bitters on it and told me to suck on it for a minute, sure enough that got rid of em!! Ive done this everytime I get them now, and it seems to work like a charm!!!
#6 - nic - 02/06/2008 - 16:17
This may saound hard but it can be done... Try PLUGGING YOUR EARS AND DRINKING AT THE SAME TIME... WORKS BEST IF DRINKING WATER. Not just a drink either you must drink a lot. If someone is there with you ask them to hold your ears and if not then you can simply get a straw then you can do it by yourself. TRUST ME IT WORKS i havebeen doing this since i was in 4th grade and dow my 5 yr old will tell others to do it!!!!!!
#7 - Angela - 02/19/2008 - 01:42
Drop a just lit burning match into a small glass of water. Drink water (not Works every time.

Something about inhaling the sulphur and drinking the water simultaneously, I think.
#8 - Sure FIRE hiccup remedy - 03/06/2008 - 21:48
drinking water upside down, it works it every time.
#9 - Trixie - 03/11/2008 - 12:22
Promise this will work....put a toothpick or something of similar length long-ways inside your mouth so the ends are pushing against your cheeks, then, take about 4 or 5 chugs of water in a row...hiccups gone!
#10 - Derek - 03/26/2008 - 13:33
Several of you have mentioned to plug the ears while drinking. I do this also, and it works. You must plug the ears completely, and drink an entire glass of water very slowly. It's true!!
#11 - Wendy - 04/24/2008 - 01:33
Drink a few tablespoons of dill pickle juice. I've been doing this for 20 years, and it works. I think it's the vinegar. I've heard that some athletes use dill pickle juice for uncontrollable muscle spasms in other parts of the body.
#12 - Pickle Lady - 05/06/2008 - 11:56
I get the hiccups constantly....not dainty ladylike little hics but loud and embarrassing cases that sound like *HILK* or *HIC-CULLP* Of all the home remedies peanut butter or sugar is the only cure that sometimes work but not guaranteed....otherwise mine just have to run their course.
#13 - Suzanne - 05/21/2008 - 20:16
I take a glass of water and put a napkin over the glass and drink very slowly trying not to break the napkin as it gets wet!!!! It sounds silly but I swear it works every time!!!!!
#14 - Sarah - 06/08/2008 - 16:51
i swear this works. Jus drink the water while lying down on your back
#15 - Cynkie - 06/10/2008 - 04:35
drink a glass of milk
#16 - carlos - 06/11/2008 - 21:12
I have to say. I closed both my ears with ear plugs and drank a glass of water slowly (sips) with a paper towel over the glass. It worked, I can't believe it. And it was only after a couple sips that they went away. I had the hiccups twice today, I wish I knew this trick earlier.
#17 - Stacey - 06/22/2008 - 21:05
I had a hiccup that seemed it took for ever and I tried eating Edys Chocolate Ice and it realy worked .

Eat a full bowl of it .
#18 - Thomas - 07/03/2008 - 20:28
Fill a teaspoon with white sugar, run tap water at a slow pace, put spoon under running water, once a pasty texture, drink it!

#19 - Sugar Water Hiccup Cure - 08/24/2008 - 21:04
Can someone please explain to me how the paper towel thing works??? I've been using that remedy for about 20 years now and it has never failed me. I'm not superstitious, it doesn't work because I believe it works, it just freaking works!!! Does anyone know why???
#20 - Ashley - 09/07/2008 - 17:47
:-) eating a bannana really fast WORK EVERYSINGLE TIME
try it
#21 - bec - 09/14/2008 - 01:02
Taking a deep breath is very effective!! i just did it now and its really effective
#22 - drex - 10/09/2008 - 07:34
swallow a heaping teaspoon of peanut butter as fast as you can. THIS WORKS!!! All other remedies I have tried do not work and are a waste of time
#23 - the only cure that really works - 10/25/2008 - 22:34
When I get a bad case of hiccups the only cure I know to do is go slug my brother a few times in the stomach. Oh yeah, i'm gay. Thanks, bye bye :-D
#24 - Jacob Allen - 01/08/2009 - 12:19
My nephew Joe used to get them there hiccups really bad. This one day I just couldn't stand how bad and pretty darn annoying they was, so I told him he needed to go out to the dog's den yonder out back till they were done with. While he was out there one of them ol' hounds just couldn't bear the sound neither. Ol' tiggs done a number on joe's neck, got to bitin' it somethin fierce! I tell you what though, since that there day, ain't heard a lick of them hiccups since. That's a dag-gone cure for ya'll, enjoy the day ya'll here!
#25 - Uncle Terry - 01/14/2009 - 12:00
eat a teaspoon of sugar, then drink a glass of water while holding your breath will immediately stop hiccups..
#26 - john - 01/16/2009 - 07:26
Try runing backwards(making sure nuthing is in the way). yell "i am great" six times. jump from side to side 3 times. clap 4 times. whisper to yourself i hope this works 5 times. Try to do this in public, usually works best there!
#27 - GAGA - 01/18/2009 - 19:46
I know of a good cure for hiccups that was passed from my grandfather to my mother. For me this cure never fails. Get a full glass of water ready. Have someone stand behind you and hold your ears closed. At the same time hold your nose, take a breath and drink as much water as you can in one go. Then you can let go of your nose and ears. The hiccups should be gone. Hope this works for you. =o)
#28 - Rachel - 01/22/2009 - 13:42
Okay ive been doing this for Yearsss and i think its the most easiest way to get rid of hiccups if youre at home or at someones house with mustard.. all u gotta do is squeeze a little mustard on ur finger and put it on the back back of ur tongue then swallow it. wahlahh all gone! its a little family trick lol.. =]
#29 - Tiffany - 01/29/2009 - 01:43
thx. angela ur remedy has helped me a lot!:-D 2 the others, try drinking water and at the same time close ur years!it really works1!;-)
#30 - nancy - 01/29/2009 - 05:48
Thanks nancy! If I could understand anything you just said it might actually work, drink alcohol much?
#31 - Chewy - 02/04/2009 - 16:10
Take a glass of water and a teaspoon of sugar. Put the sugar in mouth first then drink water. My husband taught me that trick. And let me tell you that is the easiest thing to do. It really really works every time.
#32 - Tina - 03/14/2009 - 03:55
I was born with a bent diaphram so i deal with that hell often...I dont think anything works EVERYTIME but I swallow a spoon full of cayene pepper sauce. It seems to work often, strange though because spicy things are suppose to cause hiccups.
#33 - Kandy - 03/20/2009 - 15:00
take works
#34 - paul - 04/22/2009 - 11:28
hiccups are caused by a nerve that monitors oxygen levels, if it gets too low, one of the bodies responses is to make you take breaths. to stop this, simply rest and take long, deep breaths. and to completely contradict myself, hold your breath for 40 seconds. this works for me, always has
#35 - dizzle - 05/20/2009 - 00:41
The peanut butter trick really works. Just take a tablesoon of peanut butter and put it your mouth all at once and suck on it slowly. Do not drink any water after.
#36 - KK - 05/29/2009 - 03:32
plugging your ears and drinking water really works because i just tried it
#37 - anthony - 07/25/2009 - 17:55
if you hold your breath look up and close eyes it realy works
#38 - kara - 08/17/2009 - 19:30
i don't have the hiccups, but imagining people doing these cures has given me the giggles. :-P
#39 - danielle - 09/22/2009 - 04:04

i get hiccups a lot and it rally bothers me because i get watering eyes when i have hiccups so what i do is hold my breathe for 5-10 seconds then drink water as fast as u can it really works. p.s the peanut butter thing doesnt work it was a waste of time ! :(
#40 - sadie - 10/28/2009 - 20:32
now i read somewhere on up the webpage that laughing loudly will soon cure hiccups but, how stupid would be to start laughing hysterically in front of a crowd of people!?! I'm just saying...
#41 - nunya - 11/10/2009 - 20:12
cranbaerry juice reall slow, i just did it and it worls really well :-P
#42 - laney - 11/18/2009 - 21:28
I just drink a glass of water with my head upside down and this has worked everytime for me. I even did this with a bottle for my baby, and he stopped in about 3-5 seconds.
#43 - Ben - 11/20/2009 - 15:56
Holding breath (5-10 sec) & Drinking water slowly is the best one! B-)
#44 - Dan - 11/24/2009 - 23:51
man im convinced by the water and napkin and ear plugging ones. i get the hiccups a coupel of times a day will try, and AHHAHAHA, funny imagining people doing all of these hahah
#45 - jess - 11/26/2009 - 05:12
Plugging ears and drinking water really works. I tried sucking sugar, eating peanut butter, dep breath but Plugging ears and drinking water worked only....
#46 - Anuj Singhal, New Delhi - 11/30/2009 - 02:20
A glass of milk cures the hiccups every time for my family and I. I think it relaxes the diaphragm.
#47 - KC - 12/16/2009 - 10:35
My dad has tried EVERYTHING and nothing works! He can get Hiccups for 3 days at a time and i have tried everything! HELP!
#48 - Macy - 12/20/2009 - 16:38
The holding your breath thing has always worked for me until recently, so a girl I know told me to think really really hard about the next hiccup I was going to have, and to tell her one second before it was going to happen. Well, I focused really hard and sure enough they were gone! I've used this method on several friends and it has worked for every single one.
#49 - Amy - 01/07/2010 - 00:52
i was taught this when i was little by my gran, hold your nose and drink 7 sips of water nothing else works like this, i know because i tried all the other remedies but i still end up going back to grans trick.
#50 - mia - 01/07/2010 - 17:50
My grandad has the best cure, if he see's someone with hicups he tells them that if they hicup again he'll gave them £5 so far he has not given anyone any money!
#51 - ME - 01/07/2010 - 17:56
This works everytime! Take a deep breath, and then (in that breath) drink 10 small sips (swallowing 10 times) of water in that breath. It has always worked for me! My dad told me that years ago.
#52 - Pet - 01/18/2010 - 11:06
put a paper towel over a glass of water and drink it slowly through the paper towel. works everytime!
#53 - Roy - 01/20/2010 - 00:49
works well very effective
#54 - meeeeeeeeee - 02/15/2010 - 22:35
get a full glass of water , bend over hold your breath and drink all the water while still holding your breath . This always takes away my hiccups!
#55 - rayray - 02/22/2010 - 13:39
shake one beer for 10 seconds while standing on one foot.
place the beer up to your mouth, open.
finish the beer or you will still have the hiccups.
if you cant accomplish this before 3 beers/trys..
just drink a glass of water
#56 - corey,becky,chuck - 03/11/2010 - 00:06
I have had the hiccups for 12 days now and the old wives tales will cure them for about an hour then they come back. On top of it all I was prescribed Reglan to help cure them but no such luck. I will have to say that while reading some of these cures the only one that helped for longer than an hour was reading Uncle Terry's #25 remedy. I laughed so hard that the hiccups have not come back. Well for the time being anyhow.
#57 - J- - 03/20/2010 - 12:10
plug your own ears and have someone hold a glass off water for you have them follow you down as you bend your knees and guide them with your pinkies! Slow so you don't get drenched and fast enough to gulp it's a rhythm you both have to maintain. Works like a charm with the right partner!
#58 - charm - 03/30/2010 - 16:53
Eat fruit snacks. I have no idea why this works but I can guarantee it has worked every single time for me.
#59 - Sadi - 07/22/2010 - 05:13
I have found the ultimate cure for hiccups, after drinking a lot of beer. Step 1. Drink a cold glass of milk. Step 2 relax and watch tv, while sitting up. In about 5-10 minutes they stopped 100%. :-D
#60 - B-boy - 07/24/2010 - 23:21
take a deep breath and with ur hand outstreched close it like rubing your forehead while slowly leting out ur breath this works for me every time
#61 - j - 07/25/2010 - 03:16
drink a glass of water on the wrong side. works every time.
#62 - k - 08/03/2010 - 15:13
the paper towel over the glass thing really works everytime for me as strange as it is!
#63 - TRAVIS - 10/28/2010 - 17:07
hi the best way to get rid of hiccups is as gross as it sounds, eat a tablespoon of suger DO IT!!!!! my friend old me to do it when i had the hiccups. never hiccuped once afterwards.:-P
#64 - jessie - 10/30/2010 - 19:27
It really works... Experience it and you will get rid of the disgusting made me crazy throughout the day. Just take a table spoon full of sugar and you will be OK......:-) yes loud laughing afet taking sugar...................
#65 - JAC - 11/07/2010 - 08:10
for hiccups try a cup of pickle juice and hold your breath it works:-)
#66 - l - 11/07/2010 - 17:54
Take 1-2 table spoons of white distilled vinegar. It work instantly and the hiccups do not return.;-):-)
#67 - Angie - 11/12/2010 - 22:56
I used to take the childrens hiccups away by giving them a long kiss. They are older now and think it's "yucky", but it still works on momma!
#68 - Allen - 11/20/2010 - 18:30
Reading Home remedies for Hiccups :-D :-DReally it works. Not reading home remedies, reading any other things, then our mind diverted. It will cures the Hiccups..;-):-D
#69 - RAJ - 12/30/2010 - 12:30
There is two different remedies that work for me.. the spoon full of sugar trick.. an drinking upside down (taking big gulps)
#70 - SANDI - 01/26/2011 - 23:46
Banda magiya kichi kama karunu....
#71 - Maji - 01/27/2011 - 12:30
My dad got hiccup for 4 days.nothing is working on.what can i do.
#72 - Mish - 02/08/2011 - 12:12
Vinegar. 1 tablespoon.
#73 - Kooch - 03/04/2011 - 15:41
And I add, breathing in a plastic bag that has sealed both your mouth and nose.. eat some salt (I have heard that loss of salt can be a precursor to hiccups).
#74 - Mohammad - 04/11/2011 - 23:25
My friend has hiccups from the past two days... he has tried evrything that is written above...nw the situatiuon has worsened.. please HELP!!
#75 - Nidhi - 06/04/2011 - 14:01
Well I've tried all of them. holding your breath for a little over a minute helps. for me though i just drink TOO much water, just to where itll make me throw just a little bit back up. I know it sounds stupid but it Cures me right away.
#76 - Justin - 07/27/2011 - 09:03
ok so plugging your ears and sipping water really works. wow!
#77 - me - 09/15/2011 - 21:47
i swear this works every time even though it sounds really weird but you have you boil a cup of water then mix it with mayo and take a sip swallow hold your breath and repeat about 2-4 times and all gone
#78 - fred - 11/24/2011 - 00:30
Wow....have been getting hiccups for the past several hours. Sucking sugar slowly worked great but hiccups came back after a while. Was skeptical about this closing ears thing but it has been mentioned too many times here to not work. Guess what closed ears and gulped a glass of water and hiccup is gone without a trace.
#79 - flabbergasted - 12/13/2011 - 07:59
I had hiccups all last night. They went away as I lied down to sleep. I didn't have them when I woke up, but they came back all day long. Holding my breath wasn't working. I checked out this forum after eating, so I tried some of the ones that didn't involve drinking a bunch of water. I put some mustard on the back of my tongue, but still had the hiccups about 5-10 minutes later. Then I tried what #38 Kara said on 08/17/2009: "If you hold your breath, look up, and close eyes it really works." This work immediately! Even during the breath hold, I never had one hiccup.
#80 - Jeff - 12/20/2011 - 19:49
i haven't had hiccups for years, probably since the internet started making it worldwide. never really knew a cure until i looked it up on home remedies. slowly desolving a teaspoon of peanut in your mouth really does work
#81 - charles - 08/25/2012 - 16:43
i tried with my ear close i stop brathing for 10 seconds and drank a glass of water with napkin covered it worked like a mircale. thanks for the suggestions on net

#82 - usman - 10/09/2012 - 22:47
Plain an simple peanut butter
#83 - dg - 08/17/2014 - 21:32
Drinking ginger tea also stops hiccups and this considered as one of the best home remedies to stop hiccups
#84 - Richard Levi - 03/28/2017 - 06:37
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