Ways to deal with hiccups without drinking water

It’s that month we all have been expecting again, it’s the month of Ramadan, the month of abstaining from food and drinks. As much as we all love Ramadan, we can’t deny we go through some uncontrollable things some of which is Hiccup.

Growing up, mum always adviced we swallow spits to get over it, but that might not always work, so I’ve brought some tips to get over hiccups without drinking water.

1. Holding your breath

Breathe-in and hold it for about 10 to 20 seconds, then breathe out slowly. Repeat if necessary.

2. Pulling out your tongue

I know this might seem funny, as funny as it seems, it works, just pull out your tongue a bit, I didn’t ask you to open your mouth, just your tongue. It helps stimulates the nerves and muscles.

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3. Blowing up a balloon

If balloon is accessible, you can as well try blowing up a balloon, deflate it and blow again, it helps too.

4. Breathing Into A Paper Bag

This is like suffocating yourself, but don’t put your head in the paper bag, only breathe-in and out of the paper bag about 10 times might help calm the nerves and make the diaphragm relax.

5. Pulling your knees to your chest

You can as well sit down, put your knees to your chest, more like hugging your knees for about a minute, compressing your chest by pulling your knees close to your chest can help stop the diaphragm spasms.

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6. Gargling

I didn’t ask you to drink water, pour water in your mouth and gargle, it’s something we do as kids, like playing with the water in your mouth, then spit out.

To get rid of hiccups, you can try any of these listed above, it’s easy. Don’t give up after trying the first one and it doesn’t work, try all, see the one that works for you and note that it might not work always, that one that didn’t work today might work tomorrow, it all depends on your hiccup. May the Almighty accept this Ramadan from us all.

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