Hiccups words that everyone heard and most common that everyone had experienced in their lifetime. Lots of people are searching for how to get rid of hiccups nowadays.

There are so many Myth about hiccups usually it normal to get hiccups and it recovers itself in a couple of minutes but if it will not recover or stop or long lasting more than 48 hours it indicates that there is a problem in the body or system so let’s know about hiccups in details

How to get rid of Hiccups and Its cause

Hiccups is a one kind of sound that produced while our vocal cord snap shut it create a hic sound, when our diaphragm, a dome-shaped muscle that expands while inspiration but an involuntary contraction of diaphragm or spasm repeatedly that makes to our vocal cord to snap shut or sudden closure at that time hiccups come or a person gets hiccups

So the exact definition of “hiccups is a hic like the sound produced by snap shut of our vocal cord when diaphragm expand involuntarily”


Hiccups are divided into 3 types based on their duration

  1. Hiccups bout: hiccups are not long last for 48 hours.
  2. Persistent hiccups: Persistent hiccups are long lasting for more than 48 hours or a couple of days
  1. Intractable hiccups: These hiccups are long lasting for a 15 to 20days or a month


There are so many causes that person get hiccups some time its due to over drinking or eating that may recover itself other causes are discussed below;


First, we discuss common causes of hiccups that no more long lasting than 48 hours

  • Eating too much
  • Drinking too much
  • Stress
  • Emotional excitement or nervousness
  • Changes in temperature
  • Swallowed air with food usually occurs in children or infants


Now let’s go on the causes that make hiccups long for 48 hours


Nerve irritation or nerve damage that causes of hiccups

Vagus nerve a 10th cranial nerve that serves neck, chest, and abdomen

Vagus nerve communication between the brain and the gut and associated with deep relaxation breathing

There are some factors that cause nerve damage or irritate are:

  • A tumor, goiter in your neck
  • Sore in throat or laryngitis
  • A hair or foreign body in ear or problem with the eardrum
  • Gastroesophageal reflux



Central nervous that gathers information from all over body and coordinates activity across the whole body’s organs or systems

When there is any problem with the central nervous system it indicates or abnormal sign and symptoms are produced, Hiccups in one of them

Any trauma or disease that disrupts normal control of body’s hiccups reflex

Some disease include

  • Encephalitis
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic injury of the brain
  • Meningitis
  • Tumor in brain



  • Alcoholism
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Diabetes
  • Renal (kidney) disease
  • Uremia
  • Hepatitis
  • Liver cancer


Others disorder or conditions are:

  • Pneumonia
  • Pregnancy
  • Pleurisy of the diaphragm
  • Bowel disease
  • Bladder irritation
  • Electrolyte imbalance



  • Anesthesia
  • Barbiturates
  • Steroids
  • Tranquilizers



If hiccups are long lasting for 48 hours it indicates that there problem associated with it

First, your doctor perform the neurological examination that includes

Sight and hearing

Balanced and coordination

Reflexes or senses

Anyone suspect for any disease or problem some other tests are required

Imaging test: an imaging test that shown any abnormalities that affect diaphragm or Vagus nerve

Chest X-ray

CT scan


Laboratory tests

Some blood test that showed metabolic or other diseases


Renal disease

Liver disease


How to get rid of Hiccups


Usually, treatments are not required it go away it own ways

But if it associated with above-mentioned diseases, the treatment of elimination of disease

Medication requires for hiccups that have more than 2 to 3 days






Anticonvulsant effective in treated intractable hiccups


  • Drink a glass of water quickly
  • Have someone hit you on back
  • Bite on a lemon
  • Gargle with water
  • Hold your breath
  • Use smelling salt


How to get rid of hiccups in infants?

Usually, hiccups go away but there is some advice that might help you

  • Changing positions while feeding
  • Burp your baby after feeding
  • If you give your baby to bottle feeding carefully catch the bottle after it empty otherwise baby suck the air and its main and most common cause of hiccups



Eating or swallowing difficulty

Sleeping disturbance


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