My Foolproof Trick to Stop Hiccups as Soon as They Start

Updated 08/18/19

It happens to the best of us: that awkward moment when you just can't stop with the hiccups. I know that when I've had hiccups that just won't go away—no matter how many times I've had the nearest person in the room try to scare them away, or tried jumping up and down on one leg—I've wondered, "What if I'm haunted by hiccups for the rest of my life?"

Then one day, a roommate taught me a trick that has never failed me. Keep scrolling to learn what it is! 

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You probably know the "hold your breath" trick. That's an old-school one, and for me, it never worked. Here's what has worked: hold your breath, then swallow three times in a row without taking in any new air. It might sound totally crazy or seem impossible at first. Though I can't promise it will work on you, it has worked on every single person I've ever taught it to. It's pretty hard to do, in fact, but you can practice right now whether you have hiccups or not.

It's now become something like a magic trick of mine. I get excited for people around me to get hiccups so I can save the day with this solution. A few weeks ago, a colleague was complaining she'd tried everything for her hiccups. I swiveled my chair around excitedly. I dropped this gem on her, and at first, she didn't believe it was even humanly possible. She tried it. She did it. The hiccups went away.

As I was writing this story, my boyfriend was having a hiccup fit. My eyes bugged out because of the timing. When I blurted out my game-changing tip, he stared at me and said, "I taught you that trick." It's still up for debate who taught whom. But sure enough, it worked for him, too. I smiled at another hicctory (that's a hiccup victory). 

Do you have a no-fail, tried-and-true hiccup trick you swear by? Share it in the comments below! 

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