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I know about the whole hold-your-breath-and-count-to-ten thing, the drinking water while standing on your head thing, and I've tried sugar cubes -- nothing seems to work aside from waiting them out, and that's getting rather frustrating lately.

Are there any other remedies? My roommate swears by carbonated drinks, but those are few and far between when I'm here with my parents, so I can't even attempt that.

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Honestly, I always have drunk water, but a large amount of if, while holding my breath... I think the best thing to do, though, is to occupy yourself with something else in the meantime, and you'll forget about them. This usually works best for me.
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My boyfriend has TERRIBLE hiccups..He gets them at least twice or three times a day so I know your frustration!
I have a strange remedy which seems to work for me, and him sometimes [Razz]
Hold your breath, hold your wrist and swallow three times. It's actually very difficult! So that might be the same as occupying your mind with something else hehehe

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Ugh, i hate hiccups. Mom tells me I hiccuped constantly in utero, and when I was a toddler i hiccuped so much she was worried that I wasn't getting enough air.

Holding my breath WHILE drinking ten swallows of water (works best out of a fountain) usually gets rid of them for me.

Of course, maybe the gasping for air afterwards makes you forget about the hiccups in the first place.

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I get hiccups a lot after eating because I eat too quickly (something I'm trying to work on). I find the water-while-holding-your-breath trick to be very effective. Also, if you have someone else on hand, have them hold out their index finger and then try to bring yours as close as possible to theirs without touching. This doesn't always work for me, but it does frequently enough that I give it a try before water-swallowing (because, frankly, swallowing huge gulps of water with my breath held hurts).
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I was always told to eat a spoonfull of peanut butter, it usually works for me!
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I never used to get the hiccups much at all. Not even after eating quickly, spicy foods, soda etc, but one day last January I randomly got them...they didn't go away for three and a half hours. I have friends who can back up this story. We tried pretty much everything.

These days I get them all the time. Once every day or two. They can be loud and sometimes my ribs hurt afterwards...they seem to develop spontaneously. I find that if I get rid of them by doing anything like drinking water, holding my breath or eating sugar they just come back later on. It never fails, so I just live with it nowdays.

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eat a teaspoon of peanut butter. it works every single time. and ive had hiccups up to like..four times a day, but i just eat peanut butter and they are gone.

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What works for my mum (I don't get hiccups often, luckily) is drinking water through a straw while holding your nose. I think maybe it's the sucking that helps.
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I have a surefire hiccup rememdy that has NEVER failed. The problem is, you cannot use it on youself. You have to do it to other people, or you have to teach it to people so they can do it for you.

You lead the hiccuper through a guided visualization exercise for two or three minutes, and at the end, the hiccups are gone.

Here's what I usually say:
Picture yourself in a forest. (pause for a few seconds to let the hiccuper imagine a forest -- you can also say "beach" or "city" or whatever, just give a setting) There is an object at your feet. What is it? Let the hiccuper tell you what the object it and pause to let them imagine it. How big is [that object]? Ask questions that require the hiccuper to describe the object in full detail: color, size, shape, texture, scent, movement, etc. Keep going for as long as you want. Now focus on [that object]. pause for a few seconds. Now where are your hiccups?

If they followed correctly, then their hiccups will be gone at this point.

I learned this trick from my 6th grade english teacher. He hated letting us go outside for a drink of water, so if we used the hiccup excuse, he'd pull this on us. It worked.

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