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how can you most effectively stop hiccups?

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Dr. Douglas Laipple
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Stick it!: Stick your little fingers in your ears as far as theyt will go and press hard on the back of your ear canal while holding a deep breath and bearing down on your diaphragm. Both of those actions put pressure on the vagus nerves leading from the brain to the stomach.

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Why do hiccups occur ?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
It's Normal: Most babies get hiccups frequently in the first 2-3 months, especially after eating. They usually bother the parents much more than the child, and no treatment is required. However, if you feel your baby is uncomfortable, and you can get him to latch on to the breast or bottle, a few more swallows of milk usually helps them resolve.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

If someone often gets the hiccups, is it reason for concern?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Generally no: For the most part, hiccups are a mild diaphragmatic spasm, and can happen after eating, sometimes with spicy foods, or other unknown reasons. Some can get them with stress. If they are short lived, and not causing debillitation, they are ok. If they are prolonged or come with other odd symptoms, they can be a sign of further issues.
A 24-year-old member asked:

What causes hiccups?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Diaphragm : Irritation of the diaphragm causes hiccups. Usually due to swallowed air, but it can be a sign of a more serious problem and should be seen if it persists.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
The diaphragm is a muscle between the chest and the belly. Not the device used for birth control purposes!
May 4, 2012
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Good distinction Dr. T. Heidi
Mar 31, 2013
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is there any great ideas on how to stop hiccups?

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Dr. Rick Kirschner
Dr. Rick Kirschneranswered
General Practice 40 years experience
Hiccup cure!: My hiccup cure is one of the two things i hope to be remembered for when i've left this world. You know how hiccups surprise you? Slow your breathing down enough to surprise the hiccup, by getting in front of it. It will never come.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What could cause one to hiccup for no reason?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Hiccups: Common causes can be overeating, sudden temperature changes, eating too fast, spicey foods or alcohol or dry bread or carbonated beverages, laughing, nicotine or sedative drugs.

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