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1. Try Home Remedies

  • Hold your breath.
  • Drink a glass of water quickly.
  • Put a teaspoon of sugar on the tongue and let it slowly dissolve. For a young child, use corn syrup.
  • Pull on the tongue.
  • Gargle water.
  • Use smelling salts.

2. When to See a Health Care Provider

  • See a health care provider if the hiccups last more than 3 hours and are severe enough to interfere with eating, breathing, or sleeping.
  • See a doctor quickly if severe stomach pain, fever, shortness of breath, vomiting, throat tightness, weight loss, or coughing up blood accompany hiccups.

A health care provider may try medication to control more severe, chronic hiccups.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on November 21, 2013

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