Go Away Hiccups!


Credit: Medical Student Diaries

Why do we get hiccups?
? Hiccups are caused by the involuntary contractions of your diaphragm – the dome shaped muscle just below your lungs that separates your chest from your abdomen.
? Your diaphragm plays an important role in breathing:

What causes the funny “hic” sound?
? When your diaphragm gets irritated it may spasm, forcing you to suddenly suck in air that hits your voice box.
? The muscles in your larynx tighten up making your Epiglottis (the flap above the larynx) suddenly close which produces the characteristic “hic” sound.

Hiccups Begone!
You need to stretch your diaphragm muscle to get rid of hiccups by this breathing technique:
1️⃣ Take a slow, deep breath.
2️⃣ Hold it in for a few seconds.
3️⃣ Exhale very slowly.
4️⃣ Repeat until hiccups subside.  

Home Remedies:
? Sip on water.
? Have someone startle you.
? Bite on a lemon wedge.
? Suck on something sweet.

Have you heard of the ‘Question’ method?
? If someone has hiccups, ask them a confusing question.
☝️This forces the brain to reset & get distracted, thereby taking your mind away from the hiccups.

What’s your tried & tested way to get rid of hiccups?

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