Usually, taking a dry swallow while holding my breath works, after about 2-3 attempts. If not, I get a frosted lager glass and fill it with water. Hold your breath, then start taking small, continuous sips of the water until you feel like you need to breathe out. After you do, continue to drink (i.e., glass never leaves your lips) Breathe out whenever needed, usually about 3-5 breaths to finish the glass. By the time I've finished the glass, the hiccups (hiccoughs?) are usually gone.
My best hiccups story: Mrs. JJD and I go to Portland a lot for family visits, and for a while we were sick of taking I-5 and freeway driving it back and forth, so we'd take a back way involving taking route 7 from about Spanaway to Morton. Route 7 is in the low foothills of Mount Rainier, and at night there is NOTHING out there except the forest, so it's basically a "please don't EVER let the car breakdown HERE"-kind of place.
One night on the way back Mrs. JJD got a case of hiccups that wouldn't quit, and I thought of the old theory that if you scare a person it cures them, so I chuckled to myself, waited through a few seconds of silence, then let out of the blue scared the CRAP out of her (it's hard to verbalize what exactly I did, but I just kind of turned to her and leaned in real fast and when "BAH" kind of scarylike). Anyway, she screamed and then she was like "WHATTHEHELLDIDYOUDOTHATFOR?!?!"
About twenty seconds later I asked her if she still had the hiccups.
About twenty MORE (hiccup-free) seconds later she answered.
"No. I hate you."
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I drink from the opposite side (far side?) of a cup. Do it over a sink or outside because you will spill. Also, it's likely to cause water (or whatever your beverage of choice happens to be) to come out your nose. Even if it doesn't work, it's worth it just to see other people's reactions to what you're doing.
But, if I'm at work, I basically follow the cure laid out by StegDutchie.
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I learned a good solution in bartending class: put some sugar on a lemon slice, and eat. It has never failed to work for me, and I've used it on customers while tending bar. Of course, if I don't have sugar and/or a lemon nearby, I just hold my breath.
Unless they're just really big hiccups (the ones that it literally hurts everytime it happens), I just usually let them come and go until they pass...but I also use the holding breath/drinking water methods.
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My mom used to look me straight in the eye and tell me, "If you can hiccup for me right now, I will give you five dollars." And by God, I never could. It ALWAYS worked on my hiccups.
For a less psychological approach, I ususally hold my breath for a little while and then exhale in one long breath until I can't exhale anymore. Almost always works. It won't work if I hiccup while I'm holding my breath though. That sort of resets everything.
The trick is to get your diaphram to stop spasming, since that's what is causing them. So if you are doing the holding your breath thing you need to pull the air in deep to push against your diaphram. Drinking water from the far side of the glass, lemon and sugar, spoonful of sugar with no water, plain water, etc are to facilitate a strong swallowing motion. Scaring or laughing generally make you take in a large quick breath of air or series of them.
My favorite as a kid was the spoonful of sugar (I mean how often do you get told to eat sugar).
The one that generally works for me now is to take a very deep breath focusing on inflating my diaphram, exhaling and then swallowing dry three times.
I'm the only person I know who doesn't have trouble getting rid of hiccups. As Lise said, if you concentrate on slowing down your breathing (relaxing is key) and dry-swallowing a couple of times, you should find they go away.
Mind, I've been telling my wife this for years and she can't get the hang of it.
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