Eating too fast causes hiccups. Some believe shocking the person is the best way to deal with it and even try it out. A rare occurrence of it is not a problem. For some people, it’s a regular occurrence, even drinking water will not arrest it. Why does it occur regularly? What could be the problems related to it? What is the real solution to this problem?

Why?

The space that separates the upper body which contains the lungs and heart and the lower part which has the abdominal cavity has a large sheet of muscle called the diaphragm. The disturbance that occurs in this region is the reason for hiccups. When we breath, the chest cavity expands, when the abdominal cavity expands more than its normal size, diaphragm also expands. Due to this, it blocks it from functioning normally, this results in hiccups.

When does it occur?

  • Hiccups that occur while Eating way too fast.
  • Drinking water without any break.
  • Drinking hot drinks quickly after drinking a cold one.
  • While eating spicy foods.

Hiccups due to above reasons are totally normal.

Frequent and uncontrollable hiccups could be an indication of a disease.

Problems with kidney or brain disease could trigger uncontrollable hiccups. So it is better to consult a Doctor.

What are the effects?

Problems with lungs, brain and excess levels of blood cells could induce continuous or constant hiccups. So identifying the problem and treating it accordingly will be the best solution. It could last for months if it’s not treated properly so it’s best to treat it at the earliest.

What are the solutions?

Hiccups on rare occasions is a normal one, there is no need to take in tablets or medicines for it.

Drinking water will not stop hiccups, but rather change in our focus while drinking water does it.

Drinking water slowly will stop it.

Some people prefer shocking them to stop it, but this is a very bad practice. Do not attempt this type of treatment for heart patients, as this may sometimes lead to heart attacks. If the person changes his focus on other things, it may stop temporarily.

The occurrence of constant hiccups that are continuous can be considered as a caution. Knowing the exact reason for it should be identified and treated accordingly.

How to prevent?

  • Eating till your stomach is full must be avoided. Eat till your stomach is half full.
  • Cold and hot drinks should not be taken together.
  • Eating way too fast must be avoided, always eat slowly.

On most occasions, these are the common reasons for the problem. If a person avoids these practices, it should be enough to prevent it.