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hiccupsEveryone gets the hiccups at one time or another. And for all the times we get them, there are just as many cures.

Pregnant women often report that their unborn babies get the hiccups. This may well be true. Many babies have the hiccups while in the womb. It feels like small rhythmic jerky movement in the tummy. This spasm of hiccups is usually short lived; however, trying a glass of juice like apple juice may help stop them faster.

Infants and toddlers with hiccups may do well with a bottle of formula or nursing. The sucking and swallowing motion helps to interrupt the spasming diaphragm.

IF YOUR CHILD HAS FOOD OR GUM IN HIS MOUTH, REMOVE IT DURING A HICCUP EPISODE.

Older children and adults have tried the following methods. Choose the one that works for you or your child.

   -   Hold your breath - Builds up the supply of carbon dioxide in the blood
   -   Scare tactic - The idea behind this is to startle the person thereby interrupting the spasming diaphragm. We do not recommend frightening a young child.
   -   Drink a glass of water - Same idea as the bottle in infants. The swallowing action and interrupted breathing pattern should stop those bothersome hiccups.
   -   Drink from the other side of the glass - If you can keep from laughing while doing it, you'll have cured your hiccups.

Above are some of the many remedies, what are your family hiccup remedies? E-mail them to us and have them posted.

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