Stop Hiccups Instantly

This instructable will show you two easy methods for stopping hiccups in under a minute.

For the first you will need two clean hands.
For the second you will need a mouthful of potable liquid.

Either method is useful regardless of your location or situation so anyone is capable of using them to cure themselves of this pesky condition whenever or wherever it pops up. It is also completely free and simple to teach.

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Step 1: Method 1

  • Use your thumbs to pinch your nose shut & close your nasal passage air tight.
  • Use your middle fingers (or whichever fit best) to plug both your ears as tight as possible.
  • Breath in and out through your mouth as calmly and slowly as you can manage.
  • Count to thirty Mississipi (or Mississauga.)
  • Unplug your ears and nose.
  • Keep breathing calmly and slowly.
  • The hiccups should be gone.

Method 1 works nine times out of ten on common cases. For the tenth time, see method 2.

Step 2: Method 2

You may be unable to succeed with method 1, either because you cannot get your nose and ears plugged tightly enough or because your hiccups are so intense that your whole body rocks (and thus you can't get calm, even breaths for long enough.)

  • Find and sip a mouthful of water (or any other beverage.)
  • Don't swallow yet.
  • Bend over at the waist (either while standing or from a sitting position.)
  • Imagine trying to get your head as close to upside-down as possible.
  • Now swallow.
  • Stand up, clear your throat and breath deeply.

Your hiccups should be gone. If not, repeat methods 1 and 2 a few more times each over a short period of time. [ If hiccups persist beyond a couple of hours you may want to consult a physician for a pharmaceutical form of treatment.]
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    11 Discussions

    helen gracef

    1 year ago

    it works for me!!! thank you for help.


    Wow it's amazing, I got it.... The method number one ☝? is perfect and unbelievable... hiccup has gone instantly forever, thanks ??


    2 years ago

    I started hiccuping mid sentence. It went on for a while to where it started becoming a discomfort borderlining on hurting.
    Method one worked for me. I honestly can't believe it. It was maybe 30 seconds and it was gone. Made an account to just say this. I'm greatful for this post.


    2 years ago

    I found out that, for method 2, I don't need to bend down my body at all. Just stand or sit up and take a small sip at a time of that water held in your mouth while breathing normally. After a few sips the hiccup should be gone!


    3 years ago

    need this! I get hick-ups a ton


    3 years ago

    Wow that really works, I had tried everything, thanks.

    This just worked right now. Step one, only my arms got tired at the 20 count! haha

    I've tried that several times, and the spoonful of sugar never works for me. I'm going to try these methods next time I get hiccups.

    Sorry to disagree, but how exactly is that the simplest method of all? I don't see your reasoning.

    Swallowing a spoonful of sugar sure is very simple but so is swallowing a mouthful of absolutely any liquid. I'd say there's no question that the latter is at least a tiny bit simpler due to accessibility...What if you're on a hike in the woods or if you get the hiccups backstage moments before a big performance or speech? In both of those circumstances you're likely to have access to a bottle of water and you've pretty much always got access to your own fingers but there is not a huge likelihood of sugar being available in either place.

    Also there are a number of households in this day and age that do not have sugar (in lieu of some substitute like stevia). I personally think that finding a sip of water is much easier than locating a teaspoon or packet of sugar.

    Anyone with four fingers can use method #1 in almost any possible situation or location. Plugging both your ears and nose before breathing slowly for half a minute may be slightly less simple than just swallowing but it is in no way complicated. I'd say the method that needs nothing but your own two hands has to be both very simple and the most utile method of all by far.

    Plus diabetics can't just swallow a spoonful of sugar whenever they get the hiccups.