What are hiccups:
We won’t get technical about this and use the medical name SDF (synchronous diaphragmatic flutter) or Singlutus. We will just stick to plain old boring hiccups, it is easier to remember and write.
The term hiccups is used for a sudden unwanted contraction of your diaphragm or it can be used for a problem of any kind, it is used for not just medical circumstances. We will be concentrating on the medical version of the hiccups in this article – A diaphragmatic contraction which happens at exactly the same time as a contraction of the voice box which causes the sound ‘Hiccup!’
If you were to ask an expert why we have hiccups then there is no fully known cause as to why we as humans get hiccups, although there are some ideas. My children always get hiccups when they are made to laugh, some people get the hiccups when they drink a little too much, eating dry breads, or hiccups occur when too much fluid is drank too quickly. But there is no hard and fast cause to the condition.
There is hear say that hiccups are caused by a psychological reaction, and not necessarily a physical reaction such as a stomach upset which some experts believe to be the case. So are they saying that we talk ourselves into getting hiccups? It is a good job then that they only last a few minutes without any medical intervention or treatment.
Hiccups in born babies can be caused by drinking their milk too quickly or a sudden change in atmospheric temperature causing them to get cold. This again is nothing to worry about, unless the hiccups go on and on and on for hours and are obviously causing distress to the baby. This can happen in rare cases. In this case then go to your doctor. They will advise you where to turn and what to do next.
List of Home Remedies:
Mustard Seeds: Take ½ tsp of mustard seeds and clarified butter. Mixed well and swallow this to get rid of hiccups.
Peanut Butter: By chewing and swallowing a spoonful of peanut butter, will interrupt your breathing pattern, possibly putting a stop to your hiccups.
Cardamom Powder: Take a glass of hot water; add one tsp of cardamom powder. Mixed well and wait for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain the water and drink this daily.
Hot Sauce: The heat of this spicy condiment is distracting enough to direct your body’s focus toward remedying the burn instead of focusing on hiccup process.
Asafoetida Powder: Take a tsp of asafoetida powder and clarified butter. Mixed well and swallow this to get rid of hiccups.
Swallow Something Sweet: Down a spoonful of sugar – its graininess could irritate the esophagus, causing nerves associated with hiccups to reset themselves.
Brown Bag: Breathe slowly and deeply into a paper bag. This increase carbon dioxide level in the blood and makes the diagrapgh contract to intake oxygen, which can stop spasms.