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8 Myths and solutions to end the hiccup

8 Myths and solutions to end the hiccup

Hiccups do not have time to arise, and often happen at inappropriate times such as meetings or during a family lunch. When a crisis begins, it is common to see several tips to end the problem. But are they really true?

To help end the doubts on the subject, we spoke with the gastroenterologist Maira Marzinotto, of the São Camilo Hospitals Network of São Paulo. Check below

1. Getting Scare Improves Hiccup

If you are in the habit of using this technique, know that it can really work. "Some cases can improve, because by taking a fright the person can coordinate the breathing and return to the normal rhythm," said the doctor

2. Covering the ears helps to stop the hiccup

When the hiccup does not seem to go away all the tips are accepted, but they do not always work. In this method, there is no evidence to really help end the hiccup. "It does not work on the mechanism of the hiccup, so it will not do any good. However, trying to make efforts to control the diaphragm, such as coughing, can help in the problem."

3. Drinking water with sugar solves the hiccup

Drinking water with sugar to interrupt the hiccup is one of the forms most used by the population. According to Maira, sugar would have no influence to interrupt the hiccup, but drinking siphon water can rhyme the contractions of the diaphragm and solve the problem.

4. Pressing your knees bent against your chest helps to stop the hiccup

Pressing your knees bent against your chest helps to stop the hiccup - photo: getty images

To do this technique requires space, something that we will not always have during a hiccup. Also, this tip will only work if you do abdominal movements next to your knees bent. "In some cases of hiccups the vagal maneuver, which helps regulate breathing and heart rate, may help to stop the problem."

5. Breathing for a minute helps to quell the hiccup

This is the best tactic to use, so when you have a stubborn hiccup, you know how to end it. "Ritmarizing the breath, whether by holding (does not have to be 1 minute) or just coordinating can help improve," revealed the gastroenterologist. Taking water upside down solves the hiccup

Besides being dangerous, this is just a myth. According to the doctor, there is also no proven evidence of this technique and trying to drink water from the head can cause a choking effect, which can even make the hiccup worse.

7. Swallowing bread crumbs or crushed ice works against crises

Although not well known, this tip can work. "Repeated and rhythmic swallowing (from any food or water, in a small amount) can help to end the hiccup," said Maira

8. Putting a damp line on the baby's forehead helps to stop the hiccup.

This is the greatest sympathy of all time made by grandmothers and mothers, but there is no scientific proof. The wet line on the forehead has no connection to the diaphragm adjustment. Therefore, this form is not effective in interrupting the hiccup.


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