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Hiccups are repeated spasms of the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a muscle that helps you breathe. It is located between your chest and abdomen.


Home treatment for hiccups:

Hiccups usually go away on their own within a few minutes. You may need medicine or other treatments if your hiccups are caused by another medical condition. The following home treatments may help stop your hiccups:

  • Hold your breath and silently count to 10.
  • Drink a large glass of water, sip ice water, or gargle with water.
  • Suck on a piece of hard candy.
  • Swallow a spoonful of sugar or peanut butter.
  • Breathe into a paper bag.
  • Have another person try to scare you.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your hiccups last longer than 48 hours, or they keep coming back.
  • Your hiccups interfere with your ability to sleep, eat, or breathe.
  • Your hiccups cause pain.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

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