Probably not a man who never in my life have had to deal with hiccups we all begin to hiccup periodically, and often at the most inopportune moment. The land of the Soviets tell how to get rid of hiccups.

First, let's understand what a hiccup, and why it occurs — the enemy must know in person. Hiccup is a respiratory disorder that is caused by spasmodic jerky contractions of the diaphragm  (the muscle that separates the abdominal and thoracic cavity). A characteristic sound, thanks to which the hiccup gets its name, arises from the sharp closing of the glottis.

For hiccups no one is immune, even babies. but in most cases, hiccups are fairly harmless. Most often it occurs because of hypothermia, overeating (or rather, the stretching of the stomach with overeating), less often — due to irritation of phrenic nerve. Such a hiccup usually passes quickly. If the hiccup lasts more than an hour, hiccups often occur or if the hiccup is accompanied by painful sensations - you need to see a doctor. Exhausting hiccups can be a symptom of serious diseases.

How to get rid of hiccups? There is no universal recipe — even the doctors for all the years of medicine could not find a wholly valid way of dealing with hiccups. So you have to do folk remedies  - and usually you can not predict in advance which of them will be most effective in your case.

Often, in order to get rid of hiccups, you need. stop trying to get rid of hiccups. The more we focus on the problem, the stronger we hiccup. Try to distract yourself: do a couple of simple physical exercises or use a method whose invention is attributed to the inhabitants of Texas. When any of the children started hiccough, they tied a strip of tissue around the child's head or a red thread (at the level of the bridge of the nose). The child tried to examine the thread, was distracted thereby from hiccups, and she passed.

If you don't want to wait until the hiccups pass itself, you can try to get rid of hiccups by the impact on the diaphragm. often a change in breathing rhythm or delay allows you to stop the spasms. The easiest way, but not always effective deep breath and hold the breath (a few times). Another tip to make deep breaths, raising his hands above his head.

You can try to take a deep breath, hold your breath, and wrap it around the belly with hands and squat. Extreme way  - take a paper bag (like those that are issued in airplanes), press it to the person, tightly covering their nose and mouth, so that the bag does not pass air from outside, and breathe while air is enough.

Effective in helping to get rid of hiccups, is considered water. But it must also be consumed in unusual ways. Someone helps to drink cold water in small continuous sips. In this case, an important condition - do not collect water in your mouth, and immediately swallow it, and do not breathe while you are drinking.

It is believed that another way of dealing with hiccups with water used russian ballerinas. They took his hands back, pressed her into the castle behind his back, leaned forward, strained muscles in the area of the solar plexus and slowly drank water from a glass that held a different person. If you are alone and a glass for you to keep no one, try one of the variations of this method. Place a glass on the sink, pushing it as far as you can, bend forward and drink water.

A few more tips on how to get rid of hiccups:

  • swallowing a teaspoon of sugar, not drinking his water
  • stir a teaspoon of sugar in a small amount of beer and drink
  • apply to the throat a few ice cubes or a cold compress
  • eat something sour or bitter (for example, a slice of lemon)
  • put your finger on your throat, as if he were going to vomit (just don't overdo it, nothing really is not necessary to call)
  • slightly pull yourself language
  • to put pressure on the hollow at the junction of the clavicle with the sternum for a few seconds

If you can't get rid of hiccups with one of the above methods and it does not take more than an hour - you should see a doctor .