Most hiccups will go away on their own. But in some cases they can last for a while. And if you test one of those old wives’ tales about stopping hiccups – say, getting someone to scare you – you’re probably going to be disappointed.
There are a few home remedies you can try, although there’s not very much proof that any of them really work.
- Hold your breath
- Breathe into a paper bag
- Drink a glass of water quickly
- Pull on your tongue
- Gargle with water
If your hiccups last more than 2 days or are severe enough to interfere with eating, breathing, or sleeping, contact your doctor. She might be able to treat chronic hiccups with medication.