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Are Hiccups a Sign of Something Serious?
If your hiccups are chronic, they may be more than a temporary annoyance. Find out about the underlying medical conditions that may be causing them.
Hiccups can be frustrating, especially if they occur for what seems like no apparent reason. They’re usually temporary, though, and resolve on their own in a few minutes. But, while we typically think of hiccups as annoying but not serious, that might not always be the case. Read on to learn more about hiccups, what you can do about them and when you should see a doctor.
What happens when you hiccup
The physiological process of hiccupping is actually straightforward. It occurs when your diaphragm, the muscle at the base of your lungs that is essential for breathing, makes an involuntary movement. When this happens, your vocal cords quickly close, which in turn causes the telltale “hic” sound.
Involuntary spasms of the diaphragm can occur when we eat too quickly (or too much), drink alcohol or drink carbonated beverages. Other causes can include eating something hot or spicy, a bloated stomach, abdominal surgery, certain medications or even just feeling nervous.
Tried-and-true home remedies
The first thing we usually turn to when it comes to alleviating hiccups are home remedies, and sometimes they actually work. Holding your breath or breathing into a paper bag, for example, may help.
Holding your breath or breathing into a paper bag raises the content of carbon dioxide in the blood, and in doing so, quells hiccups. Also, anything that may stimulate the vagus nerve (which connects the brain to the stomach), such as quickly drinking water, lightly pulling on your tongue or gently rubbing your eyes, may do the trick.
When hiccups may be more than an annoyance
Chronic hiccups, however, may be symptomatic of other health conditions. Chronic hiccups are associated with several underlying disorders, ranging from brain tumors and strokes to pneumonia and pleurisy.
Chronic hiccups can also impact your quality of life if they interrupt your sleeping and eating patterns. You may experience weight loss, exhaustion and dehydration. Other side effects include gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, and irregular heartbeat.
A variety of treatment options for chronic hiccups
Since chronic hiccup cases can persist for more than a month, it’s important to visit a doctor sooner rather than later. Persistent hiccups can be treated with a nerve blockade, medications such as chlorpromazine or, in rare cases, surgery.
If you do experience chronic hiccups, a visit to your doctor will help you get to the bottom of what’s causing them in the first place and find an appropriate treatment to make you feel more comfortable.
by Deanna Pai
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Causes & Treatments in Babies & Newborns
Everyone is familiar with hiccups. We all experience them from time to time, less and less often as we grow older. Babies are particularly prone to hiccups, even within the womb, sometimes as early as the 6th week after conception. But hiccups are usually nothing to worry about. They may last for a minute or up to an hour but do the baby no harm – in fact some infants seem amused by the surprise caused. Baby’s hiccups are just one of those normal behaviors and reflexes that parents need to know about but not be alarmed by. Hiccups are most likely to occur just after a feed or when the child gets excited. As a newborn’s internal organs develop and mature, hiccups should diminish in intensity and frequency.
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Why do babies get hiccups? Hiccups have nothing to do with breathing. They are caused by sudden contractions of the diaphragm triggered by irritation or stimulation of that muscle. Some leading pediatricians are of the opinion that infant hiccups are usually caused by feeding (breast, formula or other foods) or by a drop in temperature that causes the baby to get cold. Hiccups are considered harmless unless they prove persistent enough to interfere with regular feeding and sleeping. Babies with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may tend to hiccup more frequently, accompanied by spitting up, coughing and irritability. Such behavior should be mentioned to your medical advisor as should very frequent bouts of uncontrollable hiccups, particularly after age 1. Although baby hiccups are seldom the sign of a more serious underlying medical condition, it never does any harm to be cautious.
How to bring a bout of baby hiccups to an end? Old wives tales and ethnic cultural traditions offer a whole lot of methods that go back centuries. Causing a sudden unexpected shock by bursting an inflated paper bag or dropping a cold key down the sufferer’s back are just part of popular folk law. Certainly slapping a baby on the back or roughly handling them in any way is never advisable. But a gentle back rub, a sip of water or giving something to suck on, may just do the trick. Hiccups usually bother a parent more than the child, although they may cause distress to the baby during feeding. Changing the child’s position and trying get them to burp or relax may help.
If the newborns hiccups don’t go away on their own within five to ten minutes, a few drops of a natural cure such as Colic Calm gripe water should bring things to a halt. If the baby gets hiccups often, always try to feed when the infant is calm and before they get extremely hungry. This should reduce the chances of hiccups occurring during feeding. Try to make feeding as calm, quiet and leisurely a process as possible with the minimum of external distractions for the child. If hiccups do occur during feeding, stop feeding and give them a chance to go away. Burping the baby can also help. As a baby develops so the incidence of hiccups should recede and become just one more of those behaviors that babies grow out of.
Hiccups and cancer | Coping with cancer
We all have hiccups from time to time. We don’t know the exact cause of hiccups but possible causes include eating and drinking too quickly, over eating, and alcohol.
People with cancer can get them for a number of reasons but it is not a common problem.
Hiccups usually go away on their own but there are some things you can try. If hiccups carry on for a couple of days they can be difficult to cope with. Tell your doctor as you might need treatment.
Hiccups are a common problem that we all have from time to time. For most people, hiccups are usually mild and go away without any medical treatment. But when hiccups are a symptom of cancer, or a side effect of cancer treatment, they can go on for longer. This makes them tiring and difficult to cope with.
Hiccups are uncontrolled spasms of your diaphragm between normal breaths. The diaphragm is the dome shaped muscle under your ribcage. Normally, your diaphragm helps to pull air into your lungs by pulling downwards as you breathe in. And when you breathe out, your diaphragm pushes upwards.
But when you hiccup, 2 things happen:
- your diaphragm contracts and pulls down between your normal breaths, sucking air in
- immediately after this, the top of the windpipe (trachea) closes briefly, to stop more air getting in – this makes the ‘hic’ sound.
Causes of hiccups
We don’t know the exact cause of hiccups. It might happen if the nerve that controls the diaphragm (the phrenic nerve) is irritated.
Things that might trigger hiccups include:
- eating and drinking too quickly, particularly gulping fizzy drinks
- over eating
- sudden changes in air temperature
- over stretching your neck
- certain drugs, such as medicines to treat anxiety (benzodiazepines)
But if you have cancer you might also get hiccups if:
- your stomach stops working and becomes extended and bloated
- you have an infection affecting your chest or food pipe (oesophagus)
- you are having chemotherapy, steroids or an opioid painkiller such as morphine
- the cancer is pressing on your diaphragm
- you have symptoms because of a brain tumour
- your kidneys are not working normally and your blood chemistry changes
- you have high blood calcium levels (hypercalcaemia)
Things to try for mild hiccups
Most people find that their hiccups go away either on their own or by trying one of the following suggestions:
- gargling or drinking ice water
- eating a piece of dry bread slowly
- drinking water from the far side of a glass – you will need to be able to bend over to do this
- taking a deep breath, holding it for as long as you can and repeating this several times
- sucking on a lemon
- drinking peppermint water
- pulling your knees up to your chest
- breathing in and out of a paper bag (not a plastic one and don’t do this for any longer than 1 minute)
Treatment for more severe hiccups
Some hiccups can last for more than a couple of days. Doctors call these persistent hiccups. If they last longer than a month, doctors call them intractable. If they last this long they can cause other problems, including:
- weight loss
- difficulty in sleeping
- feeling sick (nausea)
- feeling sad or depressed
People with persistent or intractable hiccups need medical treatment. First, your doctor will try to find out what is causing your hiccups. They may disappear by treating the cause, for example, changing the drugs that may be responsible for the hiccups.
But your doctor may treat the hiccups directly. Drugs they may use include:
- the anti sickness drug metoclopramide (Maxolon)
- a sedative, such as haloperidol or chlorpromazine
- a drug to relax your muscles such as baclofen
Baby Hiccups: What Causes Them and How to Treat Them
It’s not unusual for your baby to get hiccups from time to time. Most babies do! Hiccups are usually nothing to worry about, and there are a couple of simple things you can do to help prevent them.
When they happen, they’ll usually go away on their own after a few minutes, but read on to find out how you can help make them go away more quickly.
What Causes Hiccups in Newborns and Babies?
Babies get hiccups from time to time. You may have even noticed your baby hiccupping while he was still in your womb. This may have felt like quick, rhythmic jerks in your uterus. In any case, hiccups are usually nothing to worry about.
What causes hiccups is your baby’s diaphragm moving in a twitchy way or having spasms when irritated. The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle at the bottom of your baby’s chest that relaxes and contracts to help your baby breathe.
When the diaphragm gets irritated, it might involuntarily contract, quickly causing air to get sucked in a little more forcefully than a usual breath. When this force of air hits your baby’s vocal cords, they close suddenly. That’s what can make that little “hiccup” sound.
Your baby’s diaphragm might become irritated if he’s eating too fast or too much, or perhaps if he’s feeling excited or nervous about something.
How to Get Rid of Your Baby’s Hiccups
If your baby gets hiccups while you’re feeding him, stop and try to burp him or change his position. In general, try to help him relax.
Hiccups usually go away on their own, but if they haven’t gone away after about 5 or 10 minutes, try to start feeding him again. This will typically help relieve them.
When your little one has hiccups, it probably won’t bother him too much. Still, you can help keep him relaxed and comfortable as possible by having some easy playtime, gently rocking him, and making sure his diaper is clean.
How to Help Prevent Hiccups in Your Baby
If your baby tends to get hiccups at feeding times, make sure she’s calm and not overly hungry when you feed her. This typically decreases the chances of her getting hiccups during feeds.
Your baby’s healthcare provider can also provide guidance and reassurance about what to do to help prevent hiccups some of the time. If you have a well-baby checkup coming up soon, you could even ask about it then.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What are hiccups?
Hiccups happen when a sudden force of air hits the vocal cords. In response, the vocal cords close quickly, making the “hiccup” sound. Hiccups are quite normal and common in newborns and babies.
- How can I get rid of my baby’s hiccups?
If your baby gets the hiccups around feeding times, try changing her feeding position and make sure she’s calm. The hiccups will usually go away on their own. If they don’t, try feeding her a little as this might help resolve the hiccups.
When your little one gets hiccups, remember that it’s usually nothing to worry about. Try to slow down her feeding or just make sure she’s feeling calm. Maybe you can stop for a little baby tummy time with her.
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Hiccups: why do we hiccup?
Most of us have experienced hiccups, an uncomfortable, sometimes embarrassing, but usually short-lived experience. But sometimes hiccups persist for a long period of time and can be a sign of serious underlying disease.
What are hiccups?
Hiccups are bursts of inspiratory (breathing in) activity. The muscles we use when we take in a breath are the intercostal muscles situated between the ribs, and the diaphragm — a sheet of muscle below the lungs. A hiccup is an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm, which is followed by the sudden closure of your vocal cords – this produces the characteristic hiccup sound.
Causes of hiccups
Hiccups are very common and most people will have hiccups at some time. Most simple cases of hiccups come after eating or drinking too much or too quickly. The stomach, which is situated right below the diaphragm, becomes distended and irritates it. This will cause the diaphragm to contract, as it does when we breathe in.
Carbonated fizzy drinks can cause hiccups, and alcohol is another common cause of hiccups. Excess smoking may also cause hiccups. Hot and spicy food, such as curry, may trigger hiccups.
Sometimes hiccups will occur because of a disturbance to the nerve pathways from the brain to the muscles involved. This explains why hiccups may occur with temperature changes or emotional situations. It is also the reason that a sudden shock can sometimes abolish an attack.
Persistent hiccups may signify problems in the brain (such as stroke, tumours, infections or multiple sclerosis), spinal cord or any of the structures around the diaphragm or chest wall. So chronic hiccups that last days, months or even years, may indicate serious underlying disease and should be investigated.
Everyone has their own pet remedy for curing hiccups. Simply holding your breath is often effective for short-term bouts of hiccups, but usually they will go away of their own accord. Some people find that touching or gently lifting their uvula (the dangly structure at the back of the throat) with a cotton bud or similar will stop a bout of hiccups, but be aware that this will stimulate the gag reflex.
Other methods include drinking ice cold water, swallowing something sweet like a spoonful of sugar, or sitting down, while leaning forward and pulling your knees up to compress your chest.
If you have hiccups that have gone on for 2 days or longer, or are having recurrent bouts of hiccups, you should see a doctor to find out if there is an underlying cause that needs treating.
What your doctor can do for you
If you are having problems with hiccups, your doctor can:
- rule out serious underlying diseases that provoke hiccups;
- prescribe antispasmodics;
- treat underlying diseases that may be causing hiccups; or
- refer you to a surgeon who may recommend surgery on the nerves supplying the diaphragm, if you have severe or persistent hiccup attacks.
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How to Get Rid of Baby Hiccups
Hiccups are something that can happen to anyone. As adults, we may see them as a minor inconvenience — guzzle some water to get rid of them, and then go about our day.
Although annoying to adults and older children, hiccups are usually a short-lived experience for babies, lasting only a few minutes. Babies are also typically not bothered by hiccups. While hiccups are not something to worry about, it may be possible to help prevent them in babies and even stop them when they do happen.
What Causes Baby Hiccups
Infant hiccups are a reflex that starts very early, even before your baby is born. The hiccuping reflex is very strong in newborns especially; they can spend up to 2. 5% of their time in the newborn stage hiccuping. Then, as they grow out of the newborn stage, the hiccups tend to decrease.
Hiccups are a reflexive action, meaning we can’t stop it from happening or control it, just like sneezing or coughing. Different triggers are thought to cause hiccups—excess air in the stomach, esophageal irritation, stress, and more—but no concrete reason for the occurrence of hiccups is known.
A hiccup is actually triggered by the nerve that connects the brain to the diaphragm and can be set off by a lot of different things, such as eating too much or too fast or even swallowing at the wrong time.
Normally when you breathe, you pull air into your lungs and then your diaphragm relaxes to let that air go back out through your mouth. When you hiccup, however, the diaphragm spasms and the air that you’re trying to suck in gets “stuck” against your closed vocal cords, which causes the distinct “hic” sound of a hiccup.
Despite the fact that hiccups are so closely related to breathing, studies have found that breathing and hiccuping are not connected and they seem to be two separate mechanisms in the body. That is, your body won’t cause you to start hiccuping if you need more air.
This process may sound especially precarious for babies, but studies show that typical bouts of hiccups do not cause significant changes in the respiratory rate, heart rate, or oxygen saturation of healthy infants.
How to Get Rid of Hiccups in Infants
In general, occasional hiccups are not dangerous to a baby. They can occur from time to time in your infant and resolve on their own.
Curing hiccups in a baby doesn’t require any action, but there are a few things you can try to help stop your baby’s hiccups once they start.
- Rub your baby’s back. Try rubbing your baby’s back in a circular motion to help release excess air and stop hiccups.
- Burp your baby. If your baby starts hiccuping during a feeding, stop feeding and burp your baby to help try and release excess air.
- Change your baby’s position. It is fine to try to either lay your baby down or prop them into a sitting position depending on where they were when the hiccups started. Changing positions won’t always stop a baby’s hiccups, but can be worth a try.
- Offer your baby a pacifier. The sucking motion of a pacifier could help soothe a baby who is hiccuping and lessen the diaphragm spasms.
Some home remedies that may work for adults and older children can be dangerous for babies. When your baby is hiccuping, do not give them water, hold them upside down, scare them, pull their tongue, or try to make them hold their breath.
When to Call Your Doctor
If you notice that your baby seems to be hiccuping frequently and the hiccups are causing your baby pain or accompanied by vomiting after feedings, it is best to consult with a doctor. Your baby may be experiencing acid reflux or digestive sensitivities.
In some cases, hiccups can be caused by GERD, or acid reflux. Especially if your baby’s hiccups are accompanied by vomiting, it’s best to have your little one checked by a doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions that could be causing the hiccups.
If a baby’s hiccups seem to interfere with their breathing in any way or your baby is turning blue, call 911 and seek medical attention right away.
How to Prevent Baby Hiccups
Although they’re typically harmless, there are ways that parents can help prevent babies from experiencing hiccups. Take note of when your baby’s hiccups are occurring. For example, if they are only happening after your baby’s feedings or when you lay him in a certain position, you could be triggering the hiccups and can adjust how and when you feed your baby or what position you place him in.
If your baby hiccups often or seems uncomfortable with their hiccups, you can try some of the following solutions to help prevent hiccups from occurring.
- Adjust feeding timing and amount. Some research suggests that overfeeding your baby or feeding too fast can lead to hiccups. Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding, it may be necessary to adjust the amount that you feed your baby to help prevent them. Try feeding smaller amounts more frequently to see if it makes a difference for your baby.
- Burp your baby well. Hiccups can be triggered by excess air bubbles that get trapped while your baby is eating. Burping can help clear the gas bubbles that could lead to the hiccups.
- Check your baby’s bottle. If hiccups are a major problem, your baby’s bottle could be the culprit. Some bottle designs will trap more air in than others during the feeding. Try different brands or types that can reduce the air trapped in the bottle.
A Word From Verywell
Hiccuping is a function of the body that begins well before the baby is even born. There are many theories regarding why our bodies hiccup, but none has been proven yet.
In general, hiccuping is very normal in babies, especially newborns, and will decrease as your baby gets older. If your baby is having hiccups that seem to be causing her pain or discomfort or is having other symptoms with her hiccups, such as vomiting, it is best to check with a doctor to make sure there’s nothing else going on that could be causing the hiccups.
Dog Hiccups Explained: What To Do If Your Dog Has Hiccups
In most cases, dog hiccups are adorable and a source of great entertainment. In some cases, however, when a dog gets hiccups, it can be a sign that something more serious is going on. Read on to find out more about dog hiccups, how to cure them, and when to take your dog to a vet!
Can Dogs Get Hiccups?
First of all, yes, dogs can get hiccups. Dog hiccups are very similar to human hiccups. It’s actually quite common for a furry friend to get bouts of hiccups from time to time. We know they’re not always serious (we don’t run to the doctor every time we get hiccups), but why do we (and our dogs) get them?
Hiccups occur when the diaphragm contracts. The diaphragm is the muscle in between the chest cavity and abdomen. This muscle rises and falls as the dog’s lungs deflate and inflate. When the diaphragm starts functioning abnormally, enter the hiccups!
There’s a part of your dog’s “voice” box called the glottis. When the glottis closes, it stops air intake resulting in hiccups. A dog’s anatomy is designed to be a well-oiled machine. Hiccups, although not always serious, are just a sign that there’s a glitch in the system and something isn’t quite right.
The Cause of Hiccups in Dogs: Cute or Concerning?
There are quite a few things that can cause hiccups in dogs. Most of them are not at all serious. Dogs often get hiccups when they’re too excited or when they eat or drink too much too quickly. However, on rare occasions, hiccups can be a sign something more serious is going on.
Small Puppies with Small Tummies: Puppy Hiccups Explained
Puppies get so excited about food time! Their excitement is infectious and just too cute. They gobble up what’s in their bowl with great vigor. With all this joy of eating glorious food very quickly, puppies tend to swallow a lot of air along with their food. Air in their little bellies can cause those adorable puppy hiccups.
Chronic Hiccups Might Be Symptoms of Something Serious!
In a few cases, hiccups in dogs can be a symptom of a more serious health condition. Nobody knows your dog better than you, so if you even vaguely suspect that their hiccups are not normal, take them to a vet! Rather safe than sorry!
Here are a few potential (more serious) causes of hiccups in dogs. Remember, have your doggo checked by a veterinarian if you think something’s wrong.
Parasites: In certain cases, hiccups can be an indication of a serious parasite problem. If your dog has hiccups for prolonged periods and gets diarrhea or starts vomiting, you need to take them to the vet. Worms such as heartworms or roundworms can cause havoc in a dog’s respiratory tract. The larvae of roundworms settle in and make themselves at home in your dog or puppy’s entire respiratory system.
Gastric Problems: The symptoms of gastric issues being the cause or your dog’s hiccups are very similar to that of a parasite problem. Vomiting, diarrhea, and blood in your dog’s stool are big red flags! The list of gastrointestinal problems dog’s can develop is a long one. Most conditions can be treated, but you’ll need a diagnosis before you can cure it.
Respiratory Issues: Discharge from the nose, sneezing, wheezing or coughing on top of hiccups are never a good sign. Dogs are susceptible to respiratory conditions such as pneumonia, bronchitis or heat stroke often result in such symptoms. These conditions can be life-threatening, so be sure to take your dog to your veterinarian stat!
My Dog Has Hiccups! How to Stop Hiccups for Fido
Prevention is better than a cure. If your dog is prone to getting hiccups, figure out why. Some dogs who are very energetic and eager to gobble up their food or water need help to slow down. Slow dog feeders can go a long way in making dinner time stretch a little longer. Another good idea is to give them smaller portions throughout the day rather than 2 bog meals which they are bound to basically inhale!
Another thing to consider is the water bowl your dog has access to. Some bowls have different levels or heights, that help the water go down slower and easier. Less air intake often helps to prevent hiccups in dogs!
If your dog already has those nasty hiccups, there are a few things you can try to stop them:
Feed them something sweet. A little honey might help soothe and relax those airways. Another method is to encourage them to drink some water. Slowly of course and only in small quantities.
Last but not least is to give them a fright. We know that a good old fright stops hiccups in their tracks in humans, so why not dogs too? Don’t frighten your dog to the point that they are in distress or scared you may hurt them, but a little sudden clap, bang or jump will do the trick!
The Occasional Dog Hiccups Cause Serious LOLs!
Don’t be a paranoid helicopter pet parent. Pedantic doesn’t help you, your dog or your wallet. In most cases, doggy hiccups are unfortunate but also not serious and very entertaining. Unless your dog is displaying other symptoms, you are most probably dealing with a normal bout of hiccups that will disappear as fast as it started.
Our furry friends give us so many opportunities to laugh at their silly behavior. This is the same as when dogs start making cute little noises that they have no control over.
Common Questions on Dog Hiccups
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What is a hiccup?
“Hiccup? – So they remember you!” – my grandmother told me. However, neither the man himself, tormented by hiccups, nor those around him rejoice in such “memories.”
Spasm in the solar plexus, where one of the largest muscles of the human body, the diaphragm, spreads like a parachute canopy. Involuntary compression of the muscles of the larynx, a click in the throat, spasm – and here they are, unpleasant convulsive hiccups, similar to the sobbing of an offended gastrointestinal tract.
Hiccups can last for several hours, without giving a person the opportunity to stop this process by an effort of will. It can be so painful that there is a desire to “pass on”, to get rid of these spasms at any cost. “Hiccup-hiccup, go to Fedot, from Fedot-to Yakov, from Yakov to everyone.”
Causes of hiccups
The most common cause of adult hiccups is, oddly enough, alcohol addiction. Let’s imagine a fun feast, songs, loud conversations, toasts, someone shouts: “Penalty! In a volley! Drink to the bottom, drink to the bottom “! When alcohol is consumed in one gulp, in large gulps, excess air is swallowed, and the stomach becomes like a balloon.A swollen stomach presses on the diaphragm, gases expand, painfully stretch its walls and the body seeks to expel excess airiness. Such hiccups start quickly and pass just as quickly, being a completely physiological method of self-regulation.
Prolonged and plentiful intake of alcohol slowly destroys the body of an initially healthy person. The nervous tissue suffers – literally “gets drunk”, and alcoholic polyneuropathy is formed. The pathways of nerve impulses to all muscles, similar for a healthy person to high-speed autobahns, literally turn into narrow paths on which the impulse loses its strength and does not always reach the targeted muscle tissue.The muscles that support our internal organs are the first to weaken.
Imagine a gate in an abandoned cottage, the springs have come off, the tree has grown decrepit, and only the wind slams the door, causing the melancholy sounds of autumn, emptiness and abandonment. This is how the muscles of the larynx slam inside us with loose doors, causing hiccups.
Everyone knows that the liver of a drinking person suffers – the detoxification function weakens, and the liver increases in size, mending the damaged areas with dysfunctional connective tissue.The enlarged liver presses on the diaphragm, trying to flatten its dome. The diaphragm reflexively contracts, trying again and again to push the unexpected burden. The spasm from the diaphragm to the muscles of the larynx seems to push out the very lump in the throat that patients with alcohol experience complain about.
Hiccups can be of another nature, not related to alcohol intake: pregnancy 2-3 trimesters, hypothermia, increased intracranial pressure, compression of the phrenic nerve, stress, hunger, thirst, eating in large chunks or sips, eating dry and on the run.
During pregnancy, a large uterus presses on the diaphragm, in addition, contractions are stimulated by active movements of the fetus. The uterus sometimes grips the phrenic nerve like a joystick in an old computer game, causing more and more series of muscle contractions. In this case, there is only one radical way to get rid of hiccups: a successful birth.
Unfortunately, the mechanism of compression of the phrenic nerve or the dome of the diaphragm itself is not always so joyful: these can be tumors of the stomach and mediastinum, abnormalities of anatomical development.This is rare, but prolonged and unreasonable hiccups require examination to rule out serious diseases.
With hypothermia, muscle spasm occurs under the influence of low temperatures: freezing smooth muscles shrink into a lump, hiding from the cold. Infant hiccups are most often associated with hypothermia.
Hiccup as a sign of danger
Incessant hiccups for two or more hours is an indication for hospitalization. Prolonged hiccups, in which conventional self-help means are ineffective, is regarded as a symptom of serious diseases: pathological alcohol or drug intoxication, encephalitis, intervertebral hernia of the cervical spine, traumatic brain injury, stroke, tumor of the posterior cranial fossa, neck, stomach or mediastinum.
Fighting Hiccups: Wrong Strategies
In the United States, there lived a certain Charles Osborne, who hiccuped continuously for 68 years and got into the Guinness Book of Records in this regard. But you do not seek to overshadow his sad glory?
Better to use hiccups relief methods based on real knowledge of physiology. So you should not blindly trust such recommendations as pressing on the diaphragm area, taking cold liquid in large sips, using spirits and beer. These actions underlie the formation of hiccups, in this case it is useless to knock out a wedge by a wedge.You do not need to drink any liquid while lying down or upside down – you can choke and even choke on water trapped in your upper respiratory tract.
The same risk applies to an unconscious person who has had an attack of hiccups. It is possible to throw the contents of the stomach into the trachea and bronchi, which leads to the formation of a formidable complication – Mendelssohn’s syndrome. This “march” sounds like a funeral one, since aspiration alveolitis has a high mortality rate. To avoid this, turn the hiccuping person on their side.
Mystical methods of getting rid of hiccups cannot help either: a sudden fright, a conspiracy, bandages with a harsh thread on the forehead and wrists, a money bet or a lively conversation. The point is not only that they do not have a scientific basis. These traditions were associated not with hiccups in our usual sense, but with a mental illness characteristic of some regions of central Russia – hiccups. It was believed that after drinking the charmed water, the patient swallowed the devil, which made him cry, scream.swear with obscene words, roll on the ground. It is possible that against the background of hysterical crying and stress, vegetative symptoms also appeared, the phrenic nerve was irritated, and the sufferer also hiccupped loudly and often.
How to deal with hiccups
Isolated spasms go away spontaneously, but getting rid of periodic attacks of hiccups is not easy. Hiccups can be accompanied by belching (the same wave of spastic contractions pushes part of the stomach contents upward), and then the quality of life decreases more significantly.
It is necessary to achieve relaxation of spasmodic muscles and calm removal of excess gases from the stomach. For this, one of the following means is used:
- Straighten up, make a slow, calm exhale. Slowly chew a piece of dry brown bread
- Put a teaspoon of granulated sugar into your mouth and chew it slowly.
- Put a lemon wedge in your mouth, or chew on a cranberry
- With a teaspoon, slowly drink half a glass of water with 1 drop of peppermint oil
- Straighten up with your hands behind your back.While inhaling, hold your breath, slowly count to 10-15 counts and exhale slowly
- Inhale, press a tight bag to your mouth and nose. Exhale into the bag and then inhale again from the bag
- Apply dry heat to the diaphragm area, warm the patient
If traditional methods do not have an effect, you can take one of the following drugs yourself: Rennie, cerucal (metaclopramide), 10-15 drops of volocardine (corvalol) in half a glass of water.
There are contraindications.It is necessary to consult a specialist.
In the case of an attack that does not stop for 2 hours or more, you should consult a therapist. You will be assigned diagnostic tests and prescription drugs.
Hiccups can be cured during the treatment of the underlying disease. So, a leaky gate cannot be repaired without completely restoring the gate to the old cottage. Strengthening smooth muscles, relieving spasms – all this prevents the development of hiccups.
Hiccup? Someone remembers you! Maybe your body is asking you to take care of it?
5 questions about fetal hiccups in the womb
Question # 1: At what stage of pregnancy does the fetus begin to hiccup?
Answer: A pregnant woman may start to feel the hiccups of her baby in the womb at about 25 weeks.It is then that the child begins to especially actively and often make breathing and swallowing movements, which are often accompanied by hiccups.
But the timing of this symptom can vary. So, some women feel the baby’s hiccups in the stomach only a couple of weeks before giving birth.
Question # 2: What are the signs of hiccups that can be distinguished from baby’s movements in the stomach?
Answer: Intrauterine hiccups differ from other movements by the same strength of shocks and their equal frequency.It feels like a faint, even beat / pulsation from the inside, reminiscent of the periodicity of the sound of a metronome. Having felt it once, the expectant mother will no longer confuse this feeling with others.
Question # 3: Why does a baby have hiccups in the womb?
Answer: Hiccups – contraction of the diaphragm – can begin after a child swallows a large amount of amniotic fluid. Sometimes the liquid enters not only the digestive organs, but also the respiratory organs.Hiccups are a reflex reaction aimed at pushing water outward with the help of air in the child’s body. In the process of ejection, spasms of the diaphragm occur.
Sometimes babies in the womb hiccup after their mother has eaten this or that product. Most often, this reaction is observed in response to sugary foods. The baby likes the sweet taste, and when the amniotic fluid becomes sweet after a woman has eaten a treat, the baby swallows much more fluid than needed. Therefore, it is better not to overuse sweets and other foods that taste too bright.
The reason for the hiccups in a child in the womb can also be the uncomfortable position that the mother has taken. For example, leaning forward while sitting or wearing a bandage. Under these conditions, the child feels a physical effect that squeezes his internal organs.
If a woman in a position has suffered stress, then it can be transmitted to the child. In this case, hiccups arise as a response to fear.
Question # 4: What should I do to make the baby stop hiccuping in the stomach?
Answer: Try to change the position of your body – lie on your back if you were lying on your side before, or walk if you sat for a long time before.If there is an opportunity to take a walk, use it. The body of a pregnant woman needs twice as much oxygen.
Calm down the baby, if the hiccups are caused by stress – put your hand on your stomach, talk to the child in a quiet, calm voice, sing a song. Do breathing exercises – breathe slowly and deeply for a couple of minutes, inhale and exhale should be approximately the same in duration.
Question # 5: Is hiccupping in the womb dangerous for a baby?
Answer: As a rule, no.This is a reflex reaction of the body, which does not indicate the wrong / correct development of the baby in the womb. Do not worry if it does not occur at all. If the baby hiccups for no longer than an hour and no more than three times a day, this is the norm. But if hiccups happen often, does not go away for a long time, along the way, the mother constantly feels a strong movement of the fetus – it is worth contacting a gynecologist. Most likely, he will prescribe a CTG of the fetus – counting heartbeats at rest, in motion, with a contraction of the uterus. Helps to identify hypoxia.
The expectant mother is advised to count the number of all movements of the baby in the womb per day and count how many minutes the baby’s hiccups last – this will help prevent oxygen starvation inside the womb.
Scientists have found that hiccups are very important
Scientists have found that hiccups are very important
Scientists have found that hiccups are very important – RIA Novosti, 12.11.2019
Scientists have found that hiccups are very important
Scientists have found that hiccups in newborns are an important element in the development of the brain.Every time a child hiccups, a wave of brain signals is triggered … RIA Novosti, 12.11.2019
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MOSCOW, November 12 – RIA Novosti. Scientists have found that hiccups in newborns are an important element in the development of the brain. Every time a baby hiccups, a brain wave is triggered to help him learn to regulate his breathing. Published in the journal Clinical Neurophysiology, researchers at University College London found that contractions of the diaphragm due to hiccups cause a distinct response in the cerebral cortex of newborn babies.Hiccups start in the womb from nine weeks of gestation. Thus, it is one of the earliest established physiological activities that continues after birth. Premature babies are especially prone to hiccups: they last about 15 minutes a day. The study was based on brain scans of newborns, both full-term and premature, with a gestational age (measured from the day of conception) between 30 and 42 weeks. This corresponds to the last trimester of pregnancy.Brain activity was monitored using electroencephalographic electrodes placed on the baby’s head, while motion sensors on the body provided a combined recording of hiccups. Scientists recorded that each “IC” generated two large neural waves in the babies’ brains associated with the contraction of the diaphragm, and followed by a third, similar in type to a wave caused by sound effects. Perhaps at this moment the sound of the hiccups was associated in the brain with the movement of the diaphragm. The researchers suggest that in this way the child begins to feel the inner body, and his brain learns to control the diaphragm, which is important for regulating breathing.”Hiccupping activities can help a child’s brain learn to control the breathing muscles so that eventually breathing can be controlled by moving the diaphragm up and down,” said study leader Dr Lorenzo Fabrizi in a press release from University College London. “When we are born, the neural circuits that process the sensations of the body are not fully developed, so the creation of such networks is an important milestone in the development of newborns.”Previously, the same researchers suggested that when babies shove in the womb, mental maps of their own bodies are created in their brains. Scientists now say similar mechanisms are at work for the body’s internal processes. “Our findings prompted us to wonder if hiccups in adults could actually be a rudimentary reflex from infancy,” said first author Kimberley Whitehead. Of course, we are talking about spontaneous hiccups, and not about the one that occurs as a result of overeating.
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MOSCOW, November 12 – RIA Novosti. Scientists have found that hiccups in newborns are an important part of brain development.Every time a baby hiccups, a brain wave is triggered to help him learn to regulate his breathing. The results of the study are published in the journal Clinical Neurophysiology.
Scientists from University College London have found that contractions of the diaphragm due to hiccups cause a pronounced response in the cerebral cortex of newborn babies.
Hiccups begin in the womb at nine weeks of gestation. Thus, it is one of the earliest established physiological activities that continues after birth.Premature babies are especially prone to hiccups: they last about 15 minutes a day.
The study was based on brain scans of newborns, both full-term and premature, with a gestational age (measured from the day of conception) from 30 to 42 weeks. This corresponds to the last trimester of pregnancy.
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Scientists have recorded that each “IK” generated in the brain of babies two large neural waves associated with the contraction of the diaphragm, and then followed by a third, similar in type to the wave caused by sound effects. Perhaps at this moment the sound of the hiccups was associated in the brain with the movement of the diaphragm.
Researchers suggest that in this way the child begins to feel the inner body, and his brain learns to control the diaphragm, which is important for regulating breathing.
“Hiccups can help a child’s brain learn to control breathing muscles so that breathing can eventually be controlled by moving the diaphragm up and down,” University College London said in a press release, study leader Dr. Lorenzo Fabrizi).“When we’re born, the neural circuits that process the body’s sensations are not fully developed, so the creation of such networks is an important milestone in the development of newborns.” maps of one’s own body. Scientists now say that similar mechanisms work for the internal processes of the body.
October 16, 2019, 17:54 be a rudimentary reflex from infancy, “said first author Kimberley Whitehead.
Of course, we are talking about spontaneous hiccups, and not about the one that occurs as a result of overeating.
Why do I hiccup as soon as I touch my chin? What to do and how to get rid of | Health harmony
Hiccups are caused by involuntary contraction of the diaphragm. This contraction suddenly closes the vocal cords, which produce a characteristic hiccup sound.
The diaphragm is the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen and plays a vital role in breathing.Hiccups are more of a nuisance than anything else. But when hiccups persist for a long period of time, they can be frustrating and unnerving. It is actually a symptom of the root cause. It can be, both after drinking carbonated drinks, and after emotional stress. However, it is common for some people to experience hiccups even when touching a specific part of the body, especially the ear or chin.
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When hiccups occur over a long period of time, it can affect food intake and disrupt sleep. Not to mention talking. Therefore, it is necessary to take measures to correct this unpleasant condition.
Causes of hiccups when touching the chin
There are many reasons that are responsible for prolonged hiccups for many hours. For example, hiccups can occur after drinking carbonated drinks, eating too much spicy food, or swallowing air after sucking candy.Stress, anger and emotional excitement are other common causes of hiccups.
Prolonged hiccups are caused by irritation of the nerves.
The vagus and phrenic nerve carries signals to the muscles of the diaphragm. Any type of irritation to this nerve can cause hiccups. Therefore, irritation of the eardrum, even just touching it, is a common cause of hiccups. Hiccups from touching the chin are not well documented in the medical literature.
However, when it does, it is caused by irritation of the mandibular nerve.The mandibular nerve is a sensory nerve that provides sensation to the skin on the chin and lower lip. It belongs to the trigeminal nerve group. While the phrenic nerve originates from the spine, the jaw nerve is a branch of the cranial nerve.
The nuclei of both of these nerves are connected near the chin. Therefore, any irritation of the jaw nerve can irritate the vagus and phrenic nerves, causing the diaphragm to contract and, as a result, hiccups.
What to do and how to treat
Usually, hiccups due to touching the chin go away on their own without any intervention.This is often temporary. Another best way is to avoid touching your chin or putting pressure on your chin if you know the irritating and afferent nerve in your chin is irritating.
Distractions such as holding your breath for a few seconds, drinking small sips of cold water, or using other alternative medicines such as homeopathic medicines have been found to be helpful in treating hiccups.
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How to remove hiccups after alcohol?
Hiccups appear for no apparent reason and represent a harmless, often rapidly passing physiological reaction of the body. The causes of its appearance are hypothermia, overeating, irritation of the phrenic or vagus nerves.Hiccups are observed after alcohol. When it occurs, the person makes a characteristic squeezed sound, which is the result of a sharp contraction of the diaphragm and intercostal muscles and the closure of the glottis.
Why do hiccups occur after alcohol?
It’s hard to say why people hiccup after alcohol. This signals either that the person has gone too far, or the development of diseases. Sometimes alcoholic hiccups precede a microinfarction. The situation is dangerous because people around do not even try to help, associating poor health with drunkenness.If a person has heart problems and has hiccups from alcohol, you should be alert and, if necessary, go to the hospital.
The main reasons why they hiccup after alcohol:
1. Intoxication of the body. If a person abuses alcohol, it leads to toxic liver damage. As a result, the organ increases in volume and begins to press on the diaphragm.
2. Alcoholic encephalopathy. Why does hiccups come after alcohol? This is due to brain damage against the background of chronic alcohol intoxication.There is irritation of the nerve endings, which causes hiccups.
3. Toxic effects on the peripheral nervous system. Here hiccups with alcohol occur against the background of the development of alcoholic polyneuropathy.
4. Diseases of organs located along the vagus nerve. Such hiccups after alcohol have the following reasons: gastritis, cirrhosis of the liver, hepatitis and others.
5. Stomach overflow. If you eat and drink a lot, it’s not hard to guess why you hiccup after alcohol.
You shouldn’t be scared every time alcoholic hiccups appear. But still, it is not necessary to discount the fact that perhaps not everything is in order with the body. Especially if a person suffers from alcoholism.
Hiccups due to alcohol in a drunk person are unpleasant because if pieces of food remain in the esophagus, he begins to choke or cough violently. Vomiting may begin. It is dangerous when a person is asleep, as there is a risk of suffocation with vomit. Severe hiccups after alcohol, long hiccups are often accompanied by urinary incontinence.
Alcoholic hiccups: causes and methods of elimination
If it is clear with the reasons for hiccups, then there are no special methods of how to remove hiccups from an adult after alcohol. Folk wisdom helps to get rid of it, sometimes in combination with each other. There are many tips on how to get rid of hiccups after alcohol. However, if a person is intoxicated, they should be used with caution.
Popular tips on how to get rid of alcoholic hiccups:
1. Hold your breath.The diaphragm muscles will relax and the hiccups will stop. Technique of execution: hold your breath for 10 seconds, take 5 deep breaths. Repeat until you stop hiccuping after alcohol will work.
2. Drink a glass of water in one gulp. If you drink quickly and non-stop, your abdominal muscles will tighten and the hiccups will disappear. Still water is preferable, not too cold or warm. Drinking alcohol instead of water will only make your hiccups worse.
3. Coughing. When coughing, the abdominal muscles work hard, which makes it possible to stop the hiccups.Even if you don’t want to, you need to make the person cough.
4. Press on the bridge of the nose. It’s not clear how to stop alcoholic hiccups this way, but sometimes advice helps.
5. Rinse mouth with water. When rinsing the oral cavity, breathing goes astray, the abdominal muscles tighten, and the hiccups stop after taking alcohol.
6. Drink the brine. An effective advice on how to get rid of hiccups from a hangover is to drink cabbage or cucumber pickle. And the condition will improve, and the hiccups will stop.
7. Apply ice to stomach. Cold causes shock, which sometimes helps in solving the problem. How to stop hiccuping quickly after alcohol: Place an ice pack on the diaphragm. Keep it for no more than 20 minutes.
8. Drink water in small sips. The next remedy for alcohol hiccups is to take as many small sips of water as the person is old. Drink without interruption. If possible, hold your breath for this time. Make the pharynx very small.
9. Diversion.How to stop an adult’s hiccups after drinking is to ask a question that will make you think. Sometimes the hiccups stop instantly.
10. Stimulation of the vagus nerve. Methods for stopping hiccups in a drunken person: suck a teaspoon of sugar, eat honey, close your ears with your fingers, rub the upper palate.
If the chosen remedy for hiccups after alcohol does not help, switch to another. Traditional methods are not harmful, therefore they are used without fear. The only thing is, if you have hiccups during hard drinking or abstinence, you should not frighten the person.In this state, nightmares, fear and hallucinations are already tormented, and when the effect intensifies, the reaction is unpredictable. Up to cardiac arrest.
How to stop hiccups in adults after alcohol if it lasts more than 12 hours? In such cases, consult a doctor. Further self-medication is hazardous to health. If a person suffers from alcoholism, it is preferable to consult a narcologist. Help for alcohol addicts in Murmansk begins with detoxification and work with a psychologist. To consolidate the result, drug coding is used.
Medicines for hiccups after alcohol
If you cannot solve the problem of hiccups on your own, it is better to consult a doctor. He knows how to stop hiccups in adults after drinking. More often, pills are prescribed for hiccups after alcohol: antipsychotics, antispasmodics, enzyme preparations or antidepressants. The purpose of the funds depends on the concomitant diseases.
Radical methods include:
• hypnosis, acupuncture;
• phrenic nerve block or surgery;
• stimulation of the nasopharynx;
• removal of stomach contents;
• microvascular decompression of the vagus nerve.
The choice of methods for stopping hiccups in a drunk person begins with detoxifying the body. For this, sorbents are used. Such remedies for hiccups in alcohol poisoning remove toxins, restore microflora and normalize the body’s work.
If hiccupping is a symptom of illness, appropriate treatment is prescribed. Drinking alcohol is not recommended until the end of the therapeutic course. Violation of the prohibition is fraught with the development of complications.
Hiccups after a binge for several days is a sign of withdrawal symptoms.It is difficult and dangerous to get out of it on your own. To restore the normal state, it is better to contact the Murmansk drug treatment center. The doctor will come immediately, put on a drip, after which the state of health will improve and the hiccups will stop.
How to get rid of hiccups quickly after alcohol?
If hiccupping from alcohol is not a sign of illness, and all the tried and tested methods have not helped to get rid of it, it is worth trying to solve the problem with other popular advice.
Alcoholic hiccups, what to do when all else fails:
1.Count elephants. More often than not, animals are counted in order to fall asleep. However, counting helps that the hiccups disappear after drinking. Other similar methods: solving examples of multiplication or division, pronunciation of the alphabet in reverse order, playing with letters and words.
2. Inhale carbon dioxide. To get rid of hiccups when drunk, it is advised to breathe in a paper or plastic bag. The smell of the fume is not very pleasant, but the method sometimes helps.
3. Be patient. More often, hiccups during alcohol intoxication pass on their own after a while.
4. Don’t rush. If you eat and drink quickly, air will enter the stomach, which will cause hiccups. You need to take your food slowly.
5. Observe the measure. Alcohol irritates the esophagus and stretches the walls of the stomach, so it is not recommended to overdo it, as well as snacks.
If a person is too drunk, makes loud noises when hiccuping, his body shakes, it seems that vomiting is about to begin, do not leave him unattended. If he is asleep, it is advisable to wake him up or lay him on his side.
If the hiccups do not go away for a long time after alcohol, an examination is carried out to identify the true causes. Some are helped by the treatment of alcoholism in Murmansk. After giving up alcohol, the hiccup problem disappears.
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90,000 Why does a person hiccup? The reasons for the appearance of hiccups, the source of the occurrence and the struggle with scientific and folk methods.
Author: Maxim Potashev
Summary of the article:
To the question of why a person hiccups, almost no one takes it seriously, they usually say: “ Someone apparently remembers ”. But scientists and doctors are concerned about this issue to a much greater extent, so that they have already managed not only to determine the cause of the hiccups, but also to develop a number of recommendations. By doing them, you can reduce the time for hiccups to a minimum and not feel discomfort.
What is a hiccup?
Hiccup is :
- The process of contraction of the diaphragm.
- A change in her tension level is caused by excitation of the phrenic nerve.
- The activation of the phrenic nerve itself occurs under the control of the central nervous system.
- What makes our brain activate these nerve fibers? Information from the vagus nerve.
- This pair of cranial nerves travels to the abdomen through the opening of the diaphragm.
- In case of its narrowing, it is possible that the vagus nerve is pinched and the innervation of many internal organs located in the abdominal cavity is disrupted.
From the point of view of physics and physiology, the same sound during hiccups is formed due to three components:
- Aperture reduction.
- Closure of the glottis.
- Attempts for air to escape from the chest at this time.
Hiccuping does not yet indicate a serious pathology, but this is already the first alarm bell.Especially, if hiccups follow regularly , every day for several months.
Why does the baby hiccup in the belly of a pregnant woman?
It is difficult to overestimate the care of a pregnant woman about her unborn child. Any incomprehensible phenomenon can cause panic and urgent medical attention. To some extent, this concern is commendable, but not always appropriate.
If the expectant mother noticed that her baby is hiccuping, should follow the regularity of .Are the attacks long and there are more than three of them a day? If not, then you can not bother yourself with unnecessary problems.
As soon as the attacks become more frequent, it is better to read specialized literature on this topic . From it you will learn that scientists have not come to a conclusion with what this is connected. Today, there are many other, more important and pregnancy-related questions that have not yet been answered.
Perhaps this explains the small amount of research on this topic, but they all boil down to three areas:
- First involuntary attempts to breathe.
- The baby begins to swallow amniotic fluid and, due to hiccups, tries to excrete it.
- Perhaps this is one of the signs of a lack of oxygen for the fetus.
The doctor in the antenatal clinic will not tell you anything fundamentally new, but it is still worth mentioning this point during the next visit. You may be assigned a couple of additional tests to make sure your baby is really okay.
Why does the baby hiccup?
If a child did not hiccup in the womb, this does not mean that in the first year of life he will not regularly hiccup.The child’s body is still immature from the point of view of physiology, therefore all processes in it proceed a little differently :
- Strangulation of the vagus and excitation of the phrenic nerves may occur more frequently.
- This is facilitated by overeating, and the accumulation of large amounts of food in the stomach cavity. A full stomach presses its walls against the walls of the diaphragm.
- During feeding, the baby may not properly capture the nipple, in this regard, not only milk, but also air will enter the stomach.The swallowed air will not add health, the principle is the same as when overeating. So it’s best to keep a close eye on the feeding process.
- Excessive flatulence and colic can be one of the causes of hiccups. But here, parents would rather pay attention to regular crying.
Hiccups are not a dangerous sign, so you shouldn’t pay too much attention to it. You can only follow the baby’s diet and its position in the crib.If the hiccups persist, needs to be changed from .
Why we hiccup: reasons
Main causes of hiccups:
- Pinched vagus nerve.
- Excessive activation of the phrenic nerve that innervates the diaphragm.
- Dense filling of the stomach with food or air.
- Filling the small intestine with gas.
- Increased muscle excitement.
- Uncomfortable body position.
- Swallowing food in large chunks.
The latter is due to the fact that the vagus nerve passes in the immediate vicinity of the esophagus. The passage of large lumps of food through this tube can lead to the same compression of the vagus nerve, followed by the development of the mechanism of hiccups.
There is no information about any genetic predisposition , and it is extremely difficult to conduct such studies.A specific gene has not been found, the biochemical composition of the blood during hiccups has not been clarified. Maybe such research will provide someone with a scientific prize. Or they will not lead to anything interesting.
How to deal with hiccups?
There are a lot of tips for getting rid of annoying hiccups :
Taking into account physiology
Give the names of those who can remember.
Drink a glass of water in slow sips.
Walk in the fresh air.
Breathe slowly and deeply.
Do something else to distract yourself.
Stretch the entire body length.
Physiologically, stretching can help relieve muscle tension and relax the diaphragm.After all, hiccups are an absolutely involuntary process and we cannot control it with the help of our mind.
Only an indirect effect on the body remains.
An example is the same deep breathing , it is its normalization that can reduce or completely negate hiccups. By and large, the release of air from the chest and its passage through the vocal folds are normalized.
Passing water through the esophagus helps to relax, drink in small sips, so as not to aggravate the compression of the vagus nerve.
What causes hiccups?
After reviewing all the information, you can come to the conclusion that:
- A person does not influence of his own free will, the process is not controlled in any way.
- Nobody is trying to mimic or offend someone in this way, this is a physiological process.
- The mechanism of development of hiccups is usually a pinching of the vagus nerve.
- It subsequently leads to the activation of the phrenic nerve, leading to the contraction of this very muscle.
- Pinching may be caused by pressure on the nerve from the esophagus. Especially when large pieces of food pass through it.
- So not chewing food thoroughly can be one of the causes of hiccups.
- But general muscle tension can lead to the same result.
- In children, the problem is most often associated with errors in nutrition or uncomfortable body position.
- Stomach filling with air or food is one of the most common causes of hiccups.
Rarely does anyone care about why a person hiccups, because the process itself is absolutely painless and begins to annoy only if it does not stop for an hour or more. But even with prolonged hiccups, you can fight, there are methods for every taste.
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90,000 How to get rid of hiccups? – Russian
Everyone is familiar with hiccups.Hiccups are the release of excess air from the gastrointestinal tract through the mouth. This physiological process cannot be controlled, because hiccups are the result of evolution, as well as a natural reaction of the body.
Very often, hiccups are accompanied by an unpleasant sound. Since hiccups come from the stomach and esophagus, they are accompanied by an unpleasant odor.
Causes of belching
1. Fast food intake.
Rapid absorption of food results in air being swallowed.In the body, excess air masses are deposited in the upper part of the stomach, which irritates the diaphragm. When muscles are irritated, compression occurs, resulting in hiccups.
2. Hot drinks
The consumption of hot tea or coffee provokes steam, which, together with the liquid, enters the esophagus. By the way, if you blow on a hot drink in order to cool it, “steam” hiccups often occur.
3. Emotional arousal
In case of intense mental excitement, the body, as a rule, needs more air, and we begin to breathe deeply and greedily, and this leads to the penetration of excess air into the body and, as a result, to hiccups.
When consuming soda, in particular, Coca-Cola and other carbonated drinks, the accumulation of gas causes heaviness in the stomach and in general in the entire digestive tract, resulting in hiccups.
Hiccups are a completely normal physiological phenomenon, but if it occurs constantly, this indicates diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
How to get rid of hiccups?
1. Water and torso bends
Drink warm water slowly, in small sips, at the same time bend your back 90 degrees, repeat this movement 10-15 times.Since the stomach is close to the diaphragm, warm water warms it up, especially when the torso is tilted. Such inclinations massage the internal organs, which prevents muscle spasms, as a result, hiccups appear less often.
2. Stick your tongue out
Place a piece of clean gauze on your tongue, grasp your tongue with your fingers and pull it out until you feel a gas surge, this is an effective remedy for hiccups.
3. Deep Breathing
Take a deep breath, hold your breath, and then exhale.Repeat a few times to get rid of the hiccups.
4. Hold your breath.
Hold your breath for 30-45 seconds, or during hiccups, place a clean stick in the mouth, lightly touch it to the back of the palate, this will effectively help eliminate it.
Having seized the moment, touch the hiccup, because fear – as a strong emotional stimulus – will help to restrain muscle spasm.
6. Breathe out into the bag.
Breathe deeply into the paper or plastic bag.The carbon dioxide you breathe in will increase its concentration in your blood, which can help relieve hiccups.