Smart tips to get rid of those embarrassing hiccups

Most people have experienced the uncomfortable, sometimes quite noisy condition known as hiccups. You might wonder why they occur? Do they serve some purpose? Know it all from the doctors

Smart tips to get rid of those embarrassing hiccups

Hiccups occur in practically every human being, including babies and older adults. They occur when your diaphragm (the thin layer of muscle that separates your chest cavity from your abdomen) suddenly and involuntarily contracts (tightens) said doctors.

Dr Amol Wagh, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon and Assistant Professor at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals said, “Causes can be eating fast food and junk food, consuming carbonated drinks, gastrointestinal conditions – gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and neurological conditions like neuritis, further it can cause choking. Continuous hiccups will affect your digestive system and you won’t be able to eat properly.”

Dr Gautam Bhansali, Consultant Physician at Bombay Hospital explained, “Eating too much food too quickly, acidity and a sudden change in room temperature can also cause hiccups.”

Causes:

  • Eating too quickly
  • Eating spicy, junk and fast foods
  • Acidity

Prolonged hiccups may interfere with:

  • Eating
  • Sleeping
  • Speech

People experiencing short-term hiccups usually pass without the need for treatment. But if the hiccups are persistent, seek immediate medical attention.

Techniques to stop hiccups:

  • Drink water as much as you can or drink a lot of water and hold your breathing. Holding your breath increases carbon dioxide levels in the lungs and may relax the diaphragm, stopping the spasms and, thus, the hiccups
  • Take medications as per your doctor’s advise