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The hiccups are no fun at all. There are as many ways to get rid of them as there are to get them. This is a page about remedies for hiccups.


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August 30, 2007

To get rid of hiccups, pour cold water in glass and put a stainless steel butter knife into the glass. As you drink the water, the hiccups disappear almost instantly!

By Birthaleen from Burbank, CA

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By Linne Dodds (Guest Post)
August 31, 20070 found this helpful
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This is personal experience. I just put regular white sugar in a small spoon. I put the sugar in my mouth, chew & swallow it. The hiccups are almost always gone. Once in a while it takes 2 spoonfuls.

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August 31, 20070 found this helpful
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That's one remedy I have never heard of. But I've tried every other remedy I have heard of. And the ONLY one that works for me every time, and I get hiccups often, is peanut butter. I just take a heaping teaspoon of peanut butter and swallow it. Only once did I have to repeat it. It works immediately. It will even stop one midway.

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October 4, 20180 found this helpful
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This is my husband's favorite trick and it has worked for me and many people who have needed to get rid of hiccups. I think it is the angle of your throat while you are drinking that helps stop them.

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November 3, 2010

When I was a child, my folks showed me the hiccup cure from the Red Cross. They told me to put a glass of water in my right hand and put my left finger in my ear. Well I did that and it's worked every time. It really makes no difference what hand you use, it will work. I've tried holding my breath and counting to 10, but it doesn't work.


All it does is make me dizzy.

I hope this will spread but, every time I show people with hiccups the cure, they look at me like I'm crazy. If I show people who don't have hiccups, they think I AM crazy, but I'm not. This cure works 100 percent for me.

By bentcrazy39 from Springfield OH.

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August 31, 20102 found this helpful

To get rid of hiccups, get a glass of water, or something to drink, and put a straw in it. Hold your head down with chin on chest, hold your breath, drink, and count to ten. Don't breathe in between sips. When you are done, your hiccups will be gone.

Source: My sister who passed away some years ago. She was a wonderful sister, and I miss her every day.

By Cheri from Austell, GA

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December 12, 2008

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the HICCUPS go away. It really works. As soon as one of the grand kids here gets a bad case of hiccups they come with a spoon. A small spoonful of sugar later, hiccups are gone! Has worked every time for us!


By Barbara from Sturgeon Bay WI

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August 31, 20100 found this helpful

Well, I don't have the hiccups at the moment, so I can't say if this will work or not. If anyone else has some cures, feel free to post them. This is pretty simple and safe so it's worth a try the next time you get the hiccups.

- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 cup warm water

Mix together and drink. Sure beats having someone try to scare them out of you, if it works. :-)


A Cure for Hiccups?

I have tried this many time and it has worked every time. Take a large zip of water bend over forward (your forehead facing the front on your knees/legs, or if you are sitting down head between your legs) and swallow, repeat a couple of times if needed.



By Luisa Barrios

A Cure for Hiccups?

I've heard that a spoonful of sugar works, but a spoonful of peanut butter is what I always use. My kids love making their hiccups go away with this too! (08/25/2004)

By Tina

A Cure for Hiccups?

Plug your ears with cotton. Then while holding your nose closed, take a drink of water. It works every time. (08/25/2004)

By ThriftyFun

A Cure for Hiccups?

Many years ago I was in a bar with the hiccups and the bartender gave me a shot of lemon juice. Much to my amazement it worked. My kids and I still use this method. (08/25/2004)

By Beth

A Cure for Hiccups?

Try rubbing the back of your ear with your thumb. It sounds dumb but it works. (08/25/2004)

By Karen

A Cure for Hiccups?

Using your hands, plug your ears and both nostrils, then drink water or any liquid from a glass or using a straw. Never fails to work. (08/25/2004)


By hwalz

A Cure for Hiccups?

Eating a tsp. of sugar works. Also grab under your throat on the neck and hold for a few seconds - that works too. (08/25/2004)

By Toni Krys

A Cure for Hiccups?

I used to get the hiccups all the time growing up. What worked every time was drinking water from the far side of the cup. Basically, in order to do so, you have to lean forward and drink with your head almost upside down. It didn't take much water, but it did require a little coordination! For some reason, it cured my hiccups right away. (08/26/2004)


A Cure for Hiccups?

There is an acupuncture point (nerve ending) called LI 10 on the arm just down from the elbow. You should look it up on an acupuncture chart for the exact spot. If you rub this point hard toward the hand it will alleviate hiccups every time. (08/26/2004)


By Angela

A Cure for Hiccups?

Here's one I know you haven't used but works for me- Hold your breath, turn up your face to the sky and think about a cow in a swimsuit. There now isn't that the most ridiculous suggestion in the world! The sheer stupidity of this thought when I have the hiccups stops them dead. Strange but true. Just like me ;) (08/26/2004)

By Suzanne Spencer

A Cure for Hiccups?

I always just eat a spoonful of something super sweet, i.e. sugar, jelly, candy. Works for me. (08/26/2004)

By MB in WY

Peanut Butter for Hiccups

I am 55 years old and have always had hiccups quite often. My mom also used to have them when she was younger. She's had them so bad that she actually had to be sedated once when she had them for several days. We both have tried every remedy we had ever heard of; head between our legs, breathing into a paper bag, taking sips from the outer edge of a glass, a spoonful of sugar, etc. but all to no avail.

I once hiccuped as I was taking in a bit of sugar and it went down the wrong way. Another problem and it still didn't help with the hiccups, until I heard of the peanut butter cure. All you have to do is eat a heaping spoonful of peanut butter; creamy works better than smooth. It will stop a hiccup midway. I have a separate jar of peanut butter in the pantry that my husband knows better than to touch, if he values his life. Ha! It is my "medicinal purpose" jar of Peanut Butter and it has never failed me, or anyone else that I've told about the "cure". When I worked, I kept a jar in my desk drawer. Hope this helps.

By Margaret

Cure for Hiccups

I have tried this many time and it has worked every time. Take a large zip of water bend over forward (your forehead facing the front on your knees/legs, or if you are sitting down head between your legs) and swallow, repeat a couple of times if needed.


A Cure for Hiccups?

Many years ago I had a 6th grade teacher who used the 'scare' method and it always worked. I wondered for years how that could possibly work and it finally dawned on me, the only way is if hiccups were mentally triggered.

I started playing with this idea and found I could cure my own hiccups in seconds by simply relaxing and regulating my breathing while contemplating the absurdity of having hiccups. I'd mentally fuss at myself for having lost control of my body, then concentrate on regaining that control.

Once I had practiced this a few times they would stop almost as soon as I began the process. Since then I almost never have hiccups, but when they occur I close my eyes and do this for about 15 - 30 seconds, and they're gone. Give this a try; such a mental victory feels great. Be patient at first as it may take somewhat longer until you've done it a few times. (09/06/2004)

By Warren D. Lockaby

A Cure for Hiccups?

Recently I had a bout with hiccups before going to bed (that's what I get for eating in bed) and I read somewhere about focusing on the next hiccup coming and it wouldn't come. Well I did, and it didn't. This has worked twice for me! (09/06/2004)

By Carol

A Cure for Hiccups?

Just think about the last time you saw that white horse. Most people get hung up on "what horse? what are you talking about?" and they don't think about the hiccups and they go away. People will look at you like you are an idiot when you say that phrase to them, but then they are quite amazed when it works. (09/17/2004)

By shawn

A Cure for Hiccups?

If you have a strong friend, have them hold you upside down by your ankles for 1 minute. It works. I have tried the drinking water, sugar, peanut butter, none of that works for me. I did also fine that holding your breathe like someone else mentioned really does work. Hold it till you can't anymore, they are gone. (12/22/2004)

By Jenny

Hiccup Remedy

Many years ago I was at work and had the hiccups. A co-worker got a paper towel and glass of water and told me to drink the water THROUGH the paper towel. It really works and I have used that hint ever since. Only takes a few sips to work. Try it next time.

By Great Granny Vi (01/24/2005)

By ThriftyFun

A Cure for Hiccups?

This cure, which has always worked for me, I learned at a church retreat.

Get a cup of water, then lean over a sink or some other place it will be okay to spill a little water, and drink from the opposite side (opposite from normal) of the cup. This ALWAYS works. Kind of like the hint already posted to get a mouthful of and then lean over and swallow. (01/25/2005)

By Jean Christian

A Cure for Hiccups?

To cure hiccups, simply hold your hands over your ears as tightly as you can without hurting them, and drink from a water fountain/sink for as long as you can without suffocating. The hiccups are gone immediately, and the only thing you need is water. (01/26/2005)

By Cindy

A Cure for Hiccups?

Rub an ice cube over your throat, it disrupst the nerve in your throat and stops the hicups Susan from hamilton (01/26/2005)

By Susan from Hamilton

A Cure for Hiccups?

The paper towel trick works. Drink a few sips of water through a paper towel. (02/23/2005)

By Nick

A Cure for Hiccups?

One small drink of pickle juice works every time. (03/03/2005)

By Pastor John

Cure for Hiccups

Hiccups can be stopped by putting a frozen mug or ice pack on either side of your neck (main artery). (03/14/2005)

By Sam

A Cure for Hiccups?

wow - lots of tips, my mother is a nurse, so she is explained the how/why of hiccups and the best (easy) way to get rid of them. Get a big glass of water and drink as much as you can with out breathing through your nose. Just drink drink drink, no breathing, and presto, all gone. I like some of the other tips, but they just aren't practical. Pickle juice? what if you are at work? Or being held upside down? I bet they work, but I like the easier one. Enjoy


By Morgan Kneib

A Cure for Hiccups?

The sugar thing works. I usually have my daughter suck on, not chew a sugar cube. A teaspoon or two of sugar works too but you need to suck on it til it gradually dissolves. Works for my daughter every time. (03/14/2005)

By Barbie

A Cure for Hiccups?

I use this EVERY TIME I get the hiccups. Get a drink (any beverage will work) and only swallow some of it. Close your mouth (so it don't spill out lol)and put your head down for a few seconds then swallow the rest! Voila! (07/18/2005)

By Heather

A Cure for Hiccups?

All you have to do is have some peanut butter. Take a spoon full of peanut butter and simply eat it. it works (03/04/2006)

By Ian

A Cure for Hiccups?

I've got two tips which always work for me: drink a glass of very fizzy lemonade, or a glass of neat vinegar (drink them down in one go without stopping. works every time. (09/29/2006)

By Jane

A Cure for Hiccups?

This is a trick that I learned in college and I have passed it onto many other people with great success. Take a glass of water and put in a butter knife. Drink the water all at once, with the knife flat on your forehead (while it is still in the glass).

I believe this works because it forces you to tilt your head back as you are drinking. I have never had this trick fail.


By Jess (TF Editor)

A Cure for Hiccups?

When I have the hiccups, I usually hold my breath or nose for 10 seconds and when I let go of my nose, the hiccups are usually gone! (12/20/2007)

By Entkiara

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November 3, 20100 found this helpful

A tip for hiccups is to suck on a pickle onion, then chew it. I find it much better than sugar.

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