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How to Stop Hiccups (For Real)

We’ve done many how-tos over the years — how to cut your own bangs, how to make friends as an adult, how to nail a high five — and now, here is a foolproof way to stop the hiccups…

So! The other day I was chatting on the phone to my friend Gemma when I got the hiccups. And she revealed a way to stop them that always works:

Plug your ears while drinking two sips of water.

(If you don’t have someone to hold the water glass for you, you can plug your ears with your thumbs and hold the glass with your other fingers.)

It worked INSTANTLY for me, when nothing else ever has. So, there you go! Next time you have the hiccups, please try this and report back.

Any other hiccup tricks? Or life hacks we should all know? Please share below…

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(Photo by J. Danielle Wehunt/Stocksy.)

  1. Christina says...

    Amazing! It worked for my 6 year old son. Can’t wait to try it myself.

  2. Casey says...

    Success over here! And amazement from my 9 and 7 year old, so win-win!!

  3. Rachel says...

    I got the hiccups a few minutes ago and groaned since mine will sometimes last for hours, but I tried this trick and they’re gone!! This is the only trick that’s ever worked for me, and I’m so excited.

  4. Jess says...

    I had this post bookmarked for when I’d need it. I cannot believe it completely worked. Like MAGIC!!

  5. Sally says...

    My go-to, which ALWAYS works, is to pinch my nose closed and take a sip of water.
    I learnt it online, maybe 10 years ago, and it’s NEVER failed.

    • Chelsey says...

      Worked for me! I was alone, so I took a large sip, held it in my mouth and then plugged my ears while I gulped. I found that much easier than trying to hold the glass while plugging my ears. Thank you!!

  6. Peg says...

    I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS JUST WORKED FOR ME. Oh wow thank you so much,

  7. laura says...

    The best thing I learned during quarantine is this sure-fire way to end hiccups: Hold a chopstick or other long, narrow piece of flatware across your teeth (in the corners of your mouth) and take a few sips of water from a glass. Works every time.

  8. Megan G says...

    This summer I had hiccups a few times and did a growl/yell type thing that made them stop right away. Something about that guttural movement in my throat? IDK, but I am thankful!

  9. A says...

    Ok we just tried this and it worked a treat!! I am amazed. Thank you!

  10. Susanna J Loveridge says...

    I am finding this thread fascinating (along with most of the content on COJ-thank you!) My daughter was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which was repaired when she was 4 days old. As a consequence of having the problems with her diaphragm she has frequent and often prolonged spells of hiccups, and the only cure that works for her is a teaspoon of cider vinegar – ugh! She absolutely hates taking it, but says it is better than the pain of having hiccups. Best wishes to all the other hiccups sufferers out there

  11. Erin Kinney-Fields says...

    This always works for me!
    Use a straw if you don’t have anyone to hold the glass. Works great!

    • Ruth Rahadiyan says...

      GENIUS !

  12. Rebecca says...

    When my daughter was very young she discovered drinking Danimals (yogurt drink) cured her hiccups. I was skeptical, and kind of laughed it off at first because she was only about 3y.o, but it actually works! It’s really the only thing that makes mine go away instantly.

  13. Cynthia says...

    Works EVERY TIME!!
    1. Have a glass of water ready.
    2. Exhale all the air from your lungs that you can.
    3. Plug you nose and sip water without breating in until you absolutely must talk a breath.
    4. Enjoy not hiccupping!!

    • Cynthia says...

      Sorry for all the typos! It really does work!

  14. sarah says...

    hold your breath and swallow hard 3 or 4 times (or until you can’t hold your breath anymore.) it’s hard but works every single time!

    • Maura says...

      YES! An acquaintance shared this with me years ago, and I swear: every. single. time. I have had hiccups since, THIS has ended them.

  15. Nicole says...

    My 2nd grade teacher would cure her students’ hiccups by having us drink a glass of water with both our arms stretched high up. She’d good the cup for us. Over 20 years later, and I still use this method! It’s one of the only things I vividly remember from 2nd grade. I’ll have to try your trick next time I have hiccups just to see :)

    • Nicole says...

      Gah, typo! “She’d *hold* the cup”

    • Lucy R says...

      Just tried this with my 3 year old. Success!! Thank you :)

  16. Maelle says...

    I just had a conversation with my sister yesterday about this! She was having uncontrolable hiccups for more than an hour and we wen’t on a rabbit hole to try to find something to stop it – drinking water didn’t work. We found this thing and it worked immediately: stick your tongue out as far as you can. Simple as that! Appearantly this will stretch your diaphragm and stop the hiccups. Now i kind of want to get the hiccups to try it myself :)

  17. Emma says...

    You’re right! I got the hiccups a few minutes ago and figured I’d go down the list of methods in the post (and the comments). Used your “alone” method plugging with my thumbs. Two sips and gone! Amazing 😉

  18. Rachael says...

    I TRIED THIS tonight and it worked instantly! My mind is blown 😂😂

  19. My daughter has had hiccups almost everyday for a long time. A simple trick she tries that always works is drinking 11 sips of water at once. (Not too fast, though, or you might choke!)

  20. e says...

    I can stop my hiccups just concentrating, but a trick that always always work on others is telling them “Oh come on, stop it!” or something on that annoyed note. It doesn’t sound kind, and people are so baffled they instantly stop. Then you have to apologize…

  21. Jessica says...

    I imagine you could also hold a bit of water in your mouth, then plug your ears and swallow two times. ;)

  22. Jenny says...

    I’ve gotten the hiccups multiple times of day my WHOLE life. Even in the womb. Every day. I don’t know why. No one can tell me. I’ve tried everything – spoons, peanut butter, water. going upside down, jumping. What only works for me is closing my eyes, very very slowly breathing in and out (like meditation style), and counting to 10. Before I get to 10, they’re gone. I think maybe I just forget how to breathe? Who knows.

  23. Molly says...

    I have a cure for hiccups that works 100% of the time, my father taught me when I was little and it’s been curing my hiccups for over 30 years. If you have the hiccups, fill a glass with water, put a paper towel over the top, and drink the glass (ideally in one gulp) through the paper towel. I know it sounds odd, I know it’s nonsensical, and yet, it works!

    • Kristin says...

      This works 100% of the time for me, too! I learned it when I was 10 from a friend. I usually use a Kleenex, so that can do as well.

  24. Someone can basically scare you or if there is no one around; rather than drinking the water normally, put your mouth to the other side of the glass and bend over!

  25. Jennifer Young says...

    Ask the person with hiccups their father’s middle name. The pause to think, makes them relax and they go away. Works 99% of the time.

  26. Julia says...

    Me and my kids successfully stop hiccups like this: Breathe in as deeply as you can, hold your breath as long as possible, breathe out as long as possible. Repeat doing this a few times… Usually the hiccup is gone.
    Another way that always worked with me as a kid was when my Mum told me: “Show me your hiccup, show it, quickly!” I would then try doing it and it had magically stopped only by being stressed. :-)

    • Sandra Blackwell says...

      This is a companion to what I do! The breath in and then out……..but then while I have no air I take a sip of water. It has worked every time for me!

    • yvonne says...

      This is the correct way to do it, and the reason is because you’re stabilizing your diaphragm. Hiccups are when your body decides to randomly assert its control :) over your diaphragm, and by inhaling/exhaling as much as possible, you’re exercising control over that large muscle and bringing it back under control.

      Sometimes it works for me with one round, sometimes a few rounds – but this method works every time.

  27. Honey says...

    Easiest hiccup cure:
    Tell someone “I have hiccups”
    And they respond “Prove it”
    Boom, hiccups gone. It doesn’t work for everyone, so the backup is to put a little bit of sugar on your tongue and drink some water.
    You’re welcome!

  28. Anna says...

    Weirdly, since I started meditating more regularly, I stopped ever getting hiccups. It’s been years!

  29. Claire says...

    Mine is similar, it’s pulling earlobes while drinking water. I usually have someone do the ears while I hold the cup.

  30. Melissa says...

    I recommend several slow, deep breaths AND more importantly, don’t think about the hiccups. The longer I focus on them, (i. e. wait for the next one) the longer they last.

  31. A bartender once told me to put a lemon on a plate of sugar and then sprinkle bitters on the lemon and bite it. I have made many people do this since and never seen it fail!

    • Anna says...

      We have a similar one – tablespoon of vinegar mixed with a teaspoon of sugar (exact quantities don’t matter). I think it must be the shock to the tastebuds. It has NEVER not worked!

  32. Lisa says...

    Years ago my aunt taught me the secret to stopping hiccups – place a paper towel over a glass of water and drink the water through the paper towel. It works every time!

  33. Em says...

    I get good results from sitting up straight and taking big deliberate ‘opera breaths’ and drinking a few sips of water.

    I have horrible sinus problems and two hacks that help are alternating between pressing on the roof of my mouth with my tongue and pressing between my eyebrows to help lessen pressure, and doing something to set off my sympathetic nervous system (I like holding my breath and vigorously swaying forward and backward) as a quick fix for a stuffy nose.

  34. Nathalie says...

    haha, I’m almost excited for my next case of hiccups so I can try this out!
    How to stop a sneeze: bite the middle of your upper lip – just below the bow part. (No idea where I learned this but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the comment section of CupofJo!)

    • Faith says...

      I’ve always pressed my tongue hard against the roof of my mouth to delay a sneeze – it doesn’t stop it but generally does allow me enough of a break if I’m driving or something.

  35. Jess says...

    Here is one that is inconspicuous, in case you need to cure hiccups in a formal setting. (I get them anytime I drink a soda!) Take a sip of water. Then tilt your chin down all the way down until it touches your chest. Then swallow the sip. Works every time!

    • Claire says...

      Sounds like one that has worked for me, drinking out of the opposite side of a cup. This is way less weird looking/feeling though!

  36. Mel says...

    OH MY GOSH, YES!!!! I read about this trick when I was in my twenties–except the tip included using a straw to take sips–and the next time I got hiccups it worked and, 15 years later, I haven’t had hiccups since.

  37. EMM says...

    My biology teacher in high school taught us that swallowing a spoonfull of pure sugar (or a sugar packet, if you’re at the bar – have done this many times after champagne!) will cure hiccups. I forget the exact reason now, likely something with sugar/your diaphragm but I’ve remembered it all this time and it cures them without fail!

    • Allison Broughton says...

      YES. I worked at a diner in high school and picked up this tip from the owner. Sugar packet. Works every time.

  38. Tracey says...

    A spoon full of peanut butter works every time for me!

  39. Keeley says...

    When I was a kid and had the hiccups, a family friend told me how would give me 5 dollars if I hiccupped again. Sure enough, I couldn’t hiccup, even though I really wanted to. I’ve tried this with a few people over the years and it has always worked. LOL

  40. Sarah Thorne Davis says...

    Peppermint oil right below your belly button-works every time!

  41. Shannah says...

    My mom always did that with me when I had the hiccups- she held my ears while I drank water – and it always worked 100%. I do it with my own daughters now, telling them that their grandma (who they never met) used to do it with me, and it always feels like such a sweet mama thing to do.

  42. Michaela says...

    Yeah! Instead of plugging your ears, you can hold your nose and that will also plug your ears instantly, and then drink a glass of water really fast. Works every time!

  43. RBEQ says...

    Yep. I do this as well, but go upside down first and then sip from the glass and swallow while upside down (which is hard and I think it’s the concentration that makes the hiccups go away).

    • KB says...

      This is my trick, too!

    • Taja says...

      yes!! this is a life saver for me, as i could get hiccups with the first sip of my drink and they would not stop the entire evening! one time my rib cage was aching so bad after a night of hiccups. so, as strange as it looks, it’s upside down for me and it works every time!

  44. Love this. Trying it next time. My boyfriend tried scaring me a couple of days ago to stop them and he did make me jump but the hiccups didn’t go anywhere.

  45. Kylee says...

    My 7th grade math teacher told us to focus on the next hiccup. I’ve done this while holding my breath or taking steady, deep breaths, and it always works as long as I’m focused on the next hiccup. When will it come? Is this it? Here it comes! Is this it? Is it?

    It never comes!

  46. Jeannie says...

    Lol – so many cures for hiccups!

    I have a different life hack… if you’re getting a pedicure and your feet are ticklish, pinch the bridge of your nose (where eyeglasses would rest). It looks kinda funny, but it TOTALLY works. I don’t get pedicures very often, but I’ve ended up sharing this a few times with others and have often heard “wow – that does work!” while they get their feet scrubbed :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg! going to try this next time!

    • liz says...

      same! Haven’t had a pedicure since March but hopefully will get an opportunity in the not too distant future ! : (

  47. A bartender at Henry Public gave me a lemon wedge sprinkled with sugar and angostura bitters to bite on to. The sweet, sour, & bitter combo works wonders.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love that! what a great bartender :)

  48. Steph says...

    I’m excited to try this one, even though I’ve pretty much tried every other remedy in these comments to no avail. I get the hiccups everyday (seriously), it’s become a running joke with my family and friends. Sometimes it’s just one or two, sometimes it’s the big, embarrassing, Goofy-sounding ones that seemingly go on for ever. Anyone know what causes them? I seem to get them whenever I eat/drink too fast and almost always when I laugh. I do all of these things every day, so I’m resigned to living with the daily dose of hiccups.

  49. christine says...

    swallow a spoonful of dry sugar!

    • Jeannie says...

      This one ALWAYS works for us!

  50. Felicia P says...

    Not a hiccup hack but I have the most outrageous hiccups (I think they named the word after the sound that comes out of my body) and was literally known at my office by my hiccups. One of my peers recently told me she missed knowing I was at my desk by hearing them. Weirdest compliment/pre-covid nostalgia ever? I’ll take it.
    If you hiccup in your house and no one is there to giggle at them, did they even happen??

  51. W says...

    sugar packet stops it

  52. Jill says...

    100% tried and true (even for my doubting spouse who begrugingly accepted it worked):

    – fill your mouth with water
    – while standing, bend as far upside-down as you can
    – swallow and wait….
    – slowly stand back up
    (- may need to repeat once, but ALWAYS works)

    • Leanne says...

      I’ve always done something similar. Fill a glass up as full as you can and lean over the sink to drink from the opposite side of the cup – so you’re essentially upside down-ish. Drink what you can and ta-da! It amazes everyone who tries it.

  53. Sylvia Tombs says...

    THIS IS TRUE! Only way that ever works. Learned this as a kid. If it doesn’t work after two sips drink a whole glass of water while plugging ears. Never failed me

  54. Callan says...

    drink a glass of water with a paper towel over it. SO simple and works every time. You just put a paper towel over a glass of water, and drink through it.

    • Linds says...

      Yes! This is my trick and it has never failed me!

  55. liz says...

    My 8th grade social studies teacher taught us to lay on your back, preferably on the floor, and stretch your arms as far above your head as you can reach them and try to stretch your toes in the exact opposite direction, while taking deep breaths. Has worked for me ever since! Would be a problem if you’re out in public / at a restaurant, but my teacher never had an issue letting us do this on the classroom floor haha

  56. cg says...

    I pretend to swallow (or drink something) while holding my breath.
    Works every time.

  57. Brittany Matthews says...

    I always get the hiccups in public, often no water/glass combo in sight. Once they start I place my 2 thumbs on the tip of my nose with my hands and fingers spread wide apart, think moose horns. Slowly I bring each finger tip together and then apart all while taking deep focused breaths. Without fail it works every time despite looking slightly strange on the subway or a NYC corner.

  58. Molly O. says...

    a shot of pickle juice. I’ve never seen it not work.

  59. Courtney says...

    In my family you had to plug your nose AND your ears, and then someone helped you drink. Drinking out of a cup upside down (like, from the side farthest from you) also works. Now, I just hold my breath for as long as I can and then let it out suuuuuuper slowly. It might take a few tries but it works.

    I did love that when my kids were babies, nursing would stop their hiccups :)

  60. When I was kid + had the hiccups, my father would hold out a $20.00 bill and say “I’ll give you $20.00 if you hiccup again.” Worked every time! As hard as I tried to hiccup, I couldn’t. :)

  61. Tara says...

    Ha! My friend Terri Finnigan taught me this at a sleepover in 4th grade and it’s never failed me!

    • Kate says...

      9 tiny sips!! It has worked every time since I learnt it 15 years ago.

      It’s as simple as it sounds, take 9 tiny sips of water. I guess it resets the diaphragm? Who knows. Try it!

  62. Eline says...

    A tablespoon of balsamic vinegar! Works like a charm. :-)

  63. I have done a version of this for many years. Hold your nose closed with one hand and take a sip of water from a cup with the other hand (or, when I was a kid, I would hold my nose while drinking from a water fountain). It ALWAYS works!!!! I feel so vindicated!

  64. Daisy says...

    I recently watched an entire video of Dr. Oz’s on how to stop hiccups. A family member recently had some violent hiccups and they were very worried because he had all flu like symptoms, so I had to offer some helpful suggestions and ease their worries. I have some violent hiccups myself (an entire room can hear me) occasionally, so it was surprising that I never google searched for solutions until recently. What I learnt from his video is that if you lower your CO2, your body is automatically looking into increase O2 and to breathe adequately and therefore the hiccups stops. I did this by breathing into a brown paper bag for a few breaths and the hiccups stopped. Also drinking water upside down per Dr. Oz’s suggestion also helped.

  65. Jamie says...

    I have a theory that following any set of instructions (hold nose while drinking water upside down, plug ears while taking two sips of water, etc.) that makes you concentrate will cure the hiccups.

    • Amanda says...

      Exactly! It slows your breathing, allowing you to get better gulps of air. Hiccups is your body telling you you need more CO2. Slow, deep breaths (and I mean DEEP) make the biggest difference.

  66. meghan says...

    Eat a spoonful of peanut butter. Works every time.

    • W says...

      also works for hypoglycemic attack

    • JP says...

      This is what I have done for 60 years and it works every time for me too!

    • Yes! I was going to say this, as well. Tasty at the same time, so it’s a win-win…if you don’t have a peanut allergy, of course! :)

    • Stacy S says...

      Yes! This is the only thing that works for my husband!

  67. LK says...

    Chugging a couple sips of soda or something with carbonation usually works for me. I think it has something to do with holding your breath.

  68. Amanda says...

    I always laugh at how everyone has their own tried and true method for hiccups – I feel like it is 99% psychological! Of course, I also have a method that I use to cure them, and nothing else will do :) 1 tall glass of sugar water, and drink it all in slow, measured sips while only exhaling outwards.

    So how do I know it’s mostly mental? Because I’ve tried the same technique with just plain water, in a pinch and with not a sugar packet in sight. Multiple times! And it never works!! And I doubt the sugar is getting to my spasming diaphragm ;)

  69. Jane B. says...

    I plug my ears AND my nose while sipping water. And it works every. single. time. You know you’re doing it right when it’s challenging to swallow. Just fill a glass of water super full, set it on the counter, and then plug your ears with your thumbs and your nose with your pinkies while leaning over the glass to sip the water. No more hiccups.

  70. Nat says...

    Here’s a solution that’s a little different. It takes about a minute and only works on willing participants, particularly those with a good imagination. Get your victim to talk about a white horse in detail – include where the horse is, what it is doing, whether there are other horses around (but keep the focus on the white horse), whether it is wild or tame, whether it likes people, does it like racing, does it like treats, and so on. Build the story around the white horse, and before you know it, chances are the victim no longer has the hiccups.

    • Ker says...

      First prize for most creative!

  71. Rachel says...

    When I can’t get to a water glass, this works for me:
    I take a deep breath and hold it for 10 seconds. Then, without letting any air out, I inhale some more and hold it for 10 seconds. Then, I breathe it all out slowly, over 20 seconds or so. It’s actually a little difficult to control your breathing that much during a hiccup fit, but maybe that focus is what makes it work.

    • Elizabeth says...

      This! Works every time, and you don’t need any accessories or going upside down!

  72. Kathryn says...

    A few months ago I had hiccups. My 6 year old told me to say “apple blossom” 20 times and it worked. We’ve been using that trick ever since and it works every time. I have no idea where his idea came from but I’m so glad he had it!

  73. Grace says...

    no one EVER believes me until they try it, but my trick works EVERY TIME! It’s hard to explain, but fill a cup with water and then cover the top of the cup with a wash cloth so it acts as a lid. Chug the water from the cup THROUGH the wash cloth. Trust me. Try it.

    • LOL!! That’s one of the strangest cures I’ve heard. :D

    • Christine says...

      YES TO THIS

  74. Jen says...

    A teaspoon of peanut butter!

  75. Emily says...

    Sucking on a piece of lime always does the trick too!

  76. Kelly says...

    So far the only trick that has worked for me is to drink water from the opposite side of the glass upside down. If that makes sense…. It does work. But I will be trying yours now!

    • Nicky says...

      This is what I do! I’ve never heard of anyone other than my family do this but it totally works.

  77. Tai says...

    Hey! That’s what we do!! It always, always works. Good advice!

  78. Martha says...

    Swallow a spoonful of ice cream. I have done this for decades and it always works immediately. Plus it tastes really good.

  79. Anne says...

    Take three deep breaths. Close your mouth, plug your nose. Swallow three or four times, the last one should be difficult. Unplug nose, breath again! Done!

  80. Ann says...

    When just drinking water or holding your breath are not working… My cure is to take some water in my mouth then lean forward (head down) and drink the water – or short: drink water upside down.
    Works!

    • Emily says...

      Yes! Someone last summer showed me how to drink water upside down and it felt ridiculous, but totally worked!

  81. Ice cream! Works every time. Or it’s a great excuse ;)

  82. AS says...

    Can you use a straw cup??

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, good call! that would be easier haha.

  83. Kathleen says...

    Why do you have a picture of a pug for this post?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Because a glass of water seemed too boring :)

    • Rusty says...

      Hahahaha I thought the same thing!
      Joanna, your answer is gold!!!!

  84. Kindra says...

    We have done the water trick for a very long time; until recently, when our first date overnight away from the babies since COVID was nearly ruined by incurable hiccups.

    The bartender saved the evening with a trick that worked instantly! She handed us a slice of lemon with a few dashes of bitters on top, and said to suck on it for a moment. Worked like a charm when even the water/eat combo couldn’t hack it!

  85. Andrea says...

    The timing of this post is too much – tonight I got the hiccups in the first time in I-can’t-even-remember-how-long while putting my 3 year old to bed and she thought it was hilarious – which made me think it was hilarious. We both laughed so hard at each one while I attempted reading a bedtime story. :) and now as I’m commenting on this my newborn laying next to me just woke herself up from the hiccups!

  86. Anon says...

    In standing position, legs a bit wider than hip width apart, bend over – hinge at the hips so that your head is between you legs. Now, slowly and steadily drink a glass of water. Take your time
    And be careful not to swallow the wrong way… slowly and steadily drinking the whole glass without stopping (if possible). It is the only thing that works every time
    For me. I think it is the steady pressure it puts on your diaphragm that relaxes the spasm.

  87. AS says...

    I picked the SAME trick up from a friend’s family – except it includes plugging your nose too. My sister says she can do it on her own but I always ask for help from someone else to cover my ears while I pinch my nose and take two-three swallows of water.

  88. Theresa says...

    Our 6 year old gets hiccups often, this has worked 90% of the time!

  89. Karen says...

    Oh my goodness! I thought my family was the only one that did this! Although, we always take ten sips of water, not two. Both my son (age 9) and I get the hiccups A LOT. As soon as he hears me start up, he comes running to hold my ears for me. Our family secret is out!

  90. Karyn Peters says...

    A spoonful of peanut butter. Always, without fail, it works.

    • Emma says...

      Yes! I was going to add this but you’ve got it covered :) by far my favourite method.
      But the key is eating it in one big mouthful (when I was a kid my best friend’s dad handed me a spoonful of pb and I just tried eating little bites until he told me what to do). I couldn’t have been more than 7 and that memory sticks out in my mind so much!

    • B says...

      Please be careful. At a CPR class many years ago our instructor (a nurse) told us that a young man had recently died in the ER after eating peanut butter directly from a spoon. She said it formed seal across his windpipe, which she likened to cement, and said to always eat peanut butter with something (bread, a cracker, an apple, etc). I never thought to question it, but I also never forgot it.

    • Kelsey says...

      Thirded! It works every time for me. Smooth is the best option for hiccups :)

  91. silly lily says...

    I don’t really mind hiccups right now. They take my mind off everything else, if only for a few minutes.

    • Ac says...

      🤣🤣😳🙏

    • Jen says...

      I don’t mind having them either. In fact, I kind of get a kick out of having the hiccups. They feel and sound so funny, and they seem to come on most randomly. And for me, they tend to disappear after a short while just as randomly without needing a remedy. I just sort of enjoy them while they last.

  92. Alexan says...

    A nurse told me a very logical solution one time – contract your abs and your diaphragm won’t have any room to expand and it gives your mind something to think on. It’s worked for me since!

  93. Betsy says...

    When I was 7, I invented a hiccup cure that has never failed me. Drink as many swallows of water as you are years old without breathing. (After age 35 I had to amend to “with just a teensy breath”). My children had the audacity to ask why I didn’t just stick with 7 swallows-but that’s NOT the method.

    • M says...

      This is so cute :)

    • Jax says...

      I do the same, but I usually drink 9 swallows of water (at minimum) without taking a breath. And it often works!

    • Michelle says...

      So great, haha.

    • Neela says...

      Haha, I do the same with 7 too 😊

  94. Marisa says...

    Oh, Joanna, I saw the words “for real” and the photo of the dog, and I thought you had gotten a dog!!!

  95. Allie says...

    My friend told me her grandfather taught her take three large sips of water without taking a breath in between and to try to keep your throat “relaxed” while doing so. I do this now and it usually works!

  96. Linda says...

    Bartender’s cure for hiccups – put a few drops of bitters on a piece of lemon or lime and suck on it for a few minutes. Hiccups cured!! If you don’t have lemon or lime on hand, put a few drops of bitters on your tongue and that should do it.

    • Isabelle says...

      That sounds more unpleasant than having hiccups, and I like having tooth enamel.

  97. Allyson says...

    A spoonful of peanut butter! Works like a charm!

    • Aleisha says...

      My little sister has Downs Syndrome & her cure is also a spoonful of peanut butter. I’m not sure where she came up w/ it, but years ago when my mom had the hiccups, my sister hustled to the pantry & thrust a heaping spoonful of peanut butter in my mom’s face. “Here,” she said, “Take dis.” Surprisingly it worked & now it’s the go-to cure in our family.

    • Cory says...

      This works for me too, I used to get such loud hiccups that lasted for hours! A family friend recommended it and I didn’t believe her, because I’d tried everything to no avail. (Plugging my ears and drinking water included!) Most of the time I don’t even need to eat the peanut butter, just touch it to my tongue. I don’t understand that part but it works! (I eat it anyway bc peanut butter is awesome but the hiccups stop immediately.)

  98. Kamina says...

    Oooh, interesting!

    My stepmother taught me a trick for getting rid of hiccups that has a 100% first time success rate for me. It’s got a similar principal to some of the others.

    Take a deep breath in and hold it.
    Drink a glass of water down slowly for ten seconds, still holding your breath in.
    Exhale completely.

    I’m fascinated by how many of the tricks in the comments involve just thinking about something else or doing a challenging task. I never realised how much is psychological!

  99. Sara says...

    Butterknife in a tall glass of water. Drink it with the handle of the knife up against your cheek.

    Works every time. Even for my 6 year old who is on a hiccup tear lately!

    • Karin says...

      Yes! This is my stepmother’s trick – works every time. My theory is it has something to do with the fact that you’re concentrating on the knife which changes how you breathe and then hiccups, gone :)

    • thebedstuyowl says...

      This is my trick, too! Usually use a spoon- any utensil with something you can rest on your cheek.

  100. Amy says...

    Our pediatrician was very old school and swore by a teaspoon of sugar. I can’t remember if it worked or not but I remember the hiccups being a very “sweet” part of my childhood. Even as an adult my instinct is to reach for the sugar bowl!

    • janine says...

      Yes, this is my cure too. A spoonful of sugar followed by drinking a glass of water! Works for me every time.

  101. Favi says...

    I remember learning in high school that hiccups are caused by involuntary contractions of your diaphragm so I just take very slow, deep breaths and it has never failed me.

  102. Laurel says...

    From my long-long-time-ago piano teacher, Mrs Hodgins (RIP): have a few sips from a glass of water, but sip from the far side of the glass (so you’re doubled over–similar to Ellie’s solution–and have to tip the glass away from you). This trick has never failed me, and these days I use it more often than I use all those scales, arpeggios and études she also imparted.

    • Kristen says...

      This ALWAYS works for me! People (ahem, husband) just look at me like I’m crazy and won’t try it for themselves, but I swear it works every time! I usually drink the whole glass in one go, rather than a few sips.

    • Isabelle says...

      This works so well!

    • Lauren says...

      Same! Drinking some water while (mildly) upside down has never failed to make me look strange and cure my hiccups.

    • Ginny says...

      Yes!!!! This definitely works and I kind of love convincing people to try it and watching their reaction!

    • MM says...

      This has NEVER EVER failed me!! I call it drinking water upside-down. It’s entirely foolproof. My 4th grade teacher taught me this trick.

  103. From how I understand it, hiccups occur when the diaphragm is continually contacted, and cannot relax. My Dad taught me a meditation technique where you close your eyes and visualize your diaphragm like a giant hammock between your ribs. Every inhale you visualize the hammock expanding, making room for your lungs to grow with breath. Every exhale, you feel the hammock gently lift to compress the air out of your lungs. It can take a moment, but I swear it works every time!

    I think growing up with things like this are what gave me a natural instinct for working with the body, which has led me to become a Pilates instructor (check out my free videos here if you’d like to see <3 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCktsiXgY_Ibp-aHkyvNNing)! Maybe I should make a YouTube video on Pilates for hiccups, lol.

  104. Jenn says...

    Try this method: take a large (medium) mouthful of cold water and hold it. Then swallow a bit at a time slowly, to make 5 or 10 small swallows. Keep you lips together as your mouthful slowly shrinks. You can use cold juice or cold milk.

    • Jeannie says...

      This is what I do! I used to get the hiccups ALL THE TIME. When I was pregnant, I could feel my daughter get the hiccups a lot and thought “she’s gonna be like her mama”. Interestingly, I don’t get the hiccups very often anymore…

  105. Mollie says...

    THIS is life changing (I know, a bit hyperbolic, but stay with me). I get hiccups regularly and once I get them, they usually show back up throughout the day – and mine are painful! I usually end up on the floor with my knees to my chest holding my breath for as long as I can stand (yes, I have done this at work many times). I’m so looking forward to having this trick in my back pocket the next time they rear their ugly head!

    • Sara says...

      I just tried this and it worked!

  106. Robin says...

    Whoa, thank you for this tip! I get hiccups almost every day, and the only thing that works for me is to hold my breath in as long as possible, then let it go and hold it out for as long as possible. It always works but it’s so unpleasant! I’ll try this new trick next time.

  107. Elle says...

    My trick has worked for me since I was a kid. Take a deep breath and, as you hold it, try to swallow as many TINY sips of water as you can until you need to exhale. Keep sipping and swallowing quickly and continuously until you have to breathe, and when you do, your hiccups will be gone. You’ll end up drinking maybe an ounce of water, if that. Before I figured this out I was told to just drink water to make hiccups go away. I drank so much that I felt sick and was still hiccuping! This saved me.

    • Erin says...

      Drink pickle juice! 37 year history and 100% success rate.

  108. Cecilia says...

    When I get the hiccups, I force myself to hiccup on command. This usually means I end up doing this “fake” hiccup thing a few times. Works every time :)

  109. Ellie says...

    I find this works often:
    Take a sip of water, bend so you’re doubled over, and swallow the water upside down.

    • Claire says...

      That’s what I do as well! Works great!

  110. Kate says...

    I know someone who had hiccups for over 24 hours. He actually got a prescription from a doctor for anti-psychotic meds, and that stopped the hiccups, finally!

    (Also conversations about hiccups always make me think about Grey’s Anatomy and Lexi’s mom…anyone else? I think that was one of the last times I watched the show!)

    • Catherine says...

      I remember an episode of ER where a man came in after having hiccups for 2 days, and it turned out to be a symptom of some serious disease. But I forget which one!

  111. Kate says...

    This is what I do! Except I also plug my nose. When I was little my mom would help me sip water out of a glass. Now I take a big mouthful, plug my ears and nose, and then swallow the water. Nothing else works for me!

  112. Katie says...

    Spoonful of peanut butter works every time!

  113. Beth says...

    A spoonful of sugar always works for me!

  114. Michelle says...

    Gah I’ve had the hiccups for the last half hour and happened to see this post. I immediately tried it and it seems to have worked?!! (I had to sip with my head basically on the counter in order to plug my ears and hold the glass at the same time.) I’m shocked and relieved — this will be my new go-to. Thank you!!

  115. Elise says...

    I plug my ears AND nose at the same time. It takes some coordination (you need someone to hold the cup and gently give you water) and you look silly, but it always works! My dad referred to this as the “Irish hiccup cure”.

  116. Michaela says...

    Yes! We always did this in my house, though we drank the whole glass. Plugging the ears somehow works! Friends always think I’m crazy when I do it so this post is so validating haha.

  117. Allison says...

    Spoonful of brown sugar. It was my grandma’s trick and I swear it works every time!

  118. Sasha L says...

    I’ve never tried anything that worked! But I’m for sure trying this, I get desperate. My hiccups are what I can only describe as violent, the shake not only my body but my whole house kind. And I seem to get them in clusters, last night, yesterday morning, the previous afternoon. Last night I tried a YWA meditation, it didn’t work lol.
    Help me ObiJo, you’re my only hope!

    • Christina says...

      Growing up, my stern British grandmother, a school nurse with a zero tolerance policy for shenanigans, always told us to… drink an entire glass of water upsidedown! I don’t know how to describe this except to say that you bend over and drink from the opposite edge of the glass. You look nuts but dammit it works!

  119. Jill says...

    Pulling on my tongue is the only thing that works for me!

    • Casey says...

      Hold your nose and swallow three times! Sometimes takes a few breaks between hiccups before I manage but it always works once I make it to 3!

  120. Maclean Nash says...

    “What did you eat for dinner two nights ago?” Is my go to! But I will definitely try this next time as mine isnt always fool-poof!

  121. Elle says...

    I got the worst case of hiccups on my wedding day, an hour before the ceremony. Nerves?? A dear bridesmaid told me emphatically, “I have the cure!” I was instructed to lie on the floor, point my toes, stretch my fingertips as far as they would reach above my head, breathe in slowly to the count of 10 and exhale in one burst. Repeat 10 times. It worked! And it has remained my ‘go-to’ 20 years later! (Though I will HAVE to try your trick, Joanna.)

  122. Annie says...

    No need for another person: Just hold the water in your mouth, plug your ears and tilt your head back and swallow. That’s the way I was taught!

  123. JT says...

    I got the hiccups in English class one time, and none other than my middle school crush taught me his trick: hold your breath for ten seconds, take ten simps of water, and continue holding your breath for another ten seconds. I was so impacted by the length and depth of this conversation that not only do I (successfully) use his trick every time I get the hiccups, but I think of him every time. Thank you, Daniel!

  124. Carole says...

    This has been my go to for years also :)

    • Sofia says...

      Hold your breath and swallow three times!

  125. Patricia says...

    Not hiccup-related, but a useful hack. When carving Jack-o-lanterns, cut the bottom of the pumpkin off and then scoop it out. It is much easier to plop the Jack-o-lantern on top of a lit candle, and you don’t have to deal with wonky, ill-fitting stem tops.

    • K says...

      whoa.

  126. I feel like I need a picture of the actual act with the blog post. :-)

  127. Connie says...

    I can vouch for this. It’s worked for me for years! I usually try to drink a whole glass of water, slowly, while someone plugs my ears.

  128. Caroline says...

    I usually do this but with the additional step of drinking it upside down as well. It’s possible! But the main thing is to not believe that it is possible because you’re really looking for ways to distract yourself from the hiccups. As soon as you forget you have hiccups, you don’t have them any more!

  129. Kate W says...

    This is my go to as well.

  130. Ana says...

    We have a great solution my husband and I have used for years. The person with the hiccups holds the thumb of someone else and you both concentrate closely on the thumb. When they feel a hiccup coming on they have to squeeze the thumb. It rarely happens and the hiccups stop. I think reading all the other solutions, that the trick is to focus on something slightly challenging and they go away.

  131. DC says...

    Yes! Can confirm that this works—someone at my husband’s office taught him this and we use it all the time (though we usually drink the whole cup of water). We make our friends try it whenever anyone gets the hiccups, too. :)

  132. Hannah S. says...

    The only thing that has ever worked on Hiccups for me was drinking water upside down! Put a little sip of water in your mouth, touch your toes (or close :) ) and swallow!

    • Caitlin says...

      My trick is similar with an added nose pinch! I take a sip of water and hold it in my mouth. Then, pinch my nose and bend at the waist until my head is hanging upside down. The last step is to swallow the water.

  133. Tara D. says...

    Ooh! I’ve never tried this! My 4 year old gets them constantly from giggling, so next time we’ll try this! Thanks for sharing! xo

  134. J. says...

    Eat a spoonful of peanut butter. Foolproof! And delicious…

  135. Kerrie says...

    This sounds ridiculous but– put a tissue over a cup of water and take a sip of the water through the tissue. My brother and I have been doing it since we were kids and it has never not worked!!

    • AB says...

      Yes! This works!

  136. Kate says...

    It works with wine as well! :-P

  137. Jaclyn says...

    A small spoonful of peanut butter has never failed me. A trick my mum taught me.

  138. Flora says...

    Valsalva maneuver! Always works for me.

    • Sasha L says...

      Can you describe this?

  139. When I get them, I drink a glass of water upside down. You bend forward drinking from the other rim side of the glass. It works every time! I think its the concentrating that does it.
    If a friend gets them while we are talking I always ask them – What were you doing this time last week? That thinking process makes them go away too!

  140. Natalie says...

    I have a trick that has never failed. Ever. Though there are a few caveats – You can’t do it on yourself, it will only work on the same person once, and it won’t work if they already know the trick.

    Ok. Here it is.
    Your friend has the hiccups. You reach into your wallet and pull out the biggest bill you have (hopefully at least a $20). Without explaining what you’re doing, you place the bill in their hand, keeping your fingers on it. You tell them, with the best poker face you can muster, “You can keep it if you hiccup one more time.”
    Boom. Magic. Hiccups are gone. You put your money back in your wallet and you’re still a hero because you cured your friend’s hiccups and simultaneously blew their mind.
    Aaaaand, scene.

    • Em says...

      The person w the hiccups has to name seven bald men (the better she knows them, the quicker they go away) and envision them all hanging out in a room together.
      I once was in an uber pool (somewhat late, mind you) with another couple whom I did not know. The girl got hilariously loud hiccups, and her boyfriend shared this trick. The whole cab jumped into conversation trying to think of famous bald men. It worked, but mostly- it was a ridiculously funny ride.

  141. Amanda says...

    My trick has always been to hold your breath (with a really deep inhale first so your chest is full) and then make swallow motions while holding the breath for as long as possible. IDK why but it seems to work, and it’s similar to this idea (minus the water).

    • Kate says...

      haha I usually use the plug ears/drink water method, but one time in college I was, erm, QUITE inebriated and I got the hiccups so badly I was afraid I’d never get rid of them. I called my boyfriend-now-husband and was basically drunkenly crying to him about my hiccups and he talked me through this same breath-holding method and I was cured! Very hungover, but cured.

    • Lori says...

      This is my go to method as well. No water required. Usually try to while holding my breath and the. Swallow twice.

  142. Teegan Dykeman-Brown says...

    Drinking water upside-down backwards! You bend at the waist and sip water from the far side of a glass/cup. I get the hiccups nearly every time I eat plain/buttered bread, so I use it often :)

    • Mariana says...

      I do that too! And I always get the hiccups when I eat raw carrots.

    • Alice says...

      Yes, this is my cure too! I quite often get hiccups in sets of three- i.e. if I get rid of them once, you can bet that I’ll have them twice again within the next 24 hours. This is literally the only thing that helps mine!

    • ale norris says...

      my dad used to make me do this as a kid, and i’m convinced it was just so he could see me looking ridiculous. i’m not sure i ever did it right, because it certainly never made my hiccups go away haha

    • Kari T. says...

      I get the hiccups from raw carrots too! Weird!
      Spoonful of peanut butter is what has worked for me, but I usually just ride it out with the hiccups.

  143. Christine says...

    Foolproof way to get rid of hiccups: take a paper towel and cover the top of a glass of water with it. Hold it in place while you drink as much as you can from the glass, through the paper towel. That’s it! They will be gone. It works for everyone, every time.

  144. Lainey says...

    OMG I get hiccups daily. Another trick my husband taught me (no ear plugging necessary; water v necessary):
    1. fill a glass of room temperature water (temp not absolutely necessary but this is hard to do with cold water)
    2. take continuous, small sips one immediately after the other
    3. for about 45 seconds.
    That’s it! I think the muscle work of continually swallowing resets your spasming diaphragm? Anywhoo it works for me every time!!

    • Justine says...

      Have someone pull on your ear lobes and drink a cup of water. It works every time. My husband, who is a doctor, even tells his patients my trick.

  145. Carla says...

    A spoonful of peanut butter always works for me. I don’t know why.

  146. Laura says...

    Here I am in front of my computer, plugging my ears with my thumbs and trying to envision holding a cup with my other fingers… feeling like a fool, but more so because I don’t understand how my fingers could possibly carry a glass while doing this.

    Looks like I’ll have to choose between continuing future hiccups or risking a spilled, broken glass.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hahahaha when I wrote that, I was wondering how many people would act it out!

    • Laura says...

      Another Laura who did the same thing! Not sure I could pull it off either.