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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.