Why Do We Hiccup?
In the medical world, hiccups are known as singultuses. Hiccups are indicated by a ‘hiccup’ sound, like a choking sound. The source of these hiccups comes from the diaphragm. This can occur due to contractions that occur suddenly in the diagframa area and last for repeatedly. Conditions like this will cause the gap between the vocal cords to be closed, but air can still pass. This is it that makes a ‘hic’ sound with every hiccup. Hiccups also often occur at certain times such as:
1. Lack of fluid intake. The condition of hiccups can occur when the body lacks fluid intake which causes food not to be fully pushed into the stomach. For that, meet your fluid needs.
2. Eating hastily. No wonder the hiccups will attack those who eat in a hurry or while talking at length while eating. This is due to the sudden influx of oxygen into the lungs which can affect the condition of the diaphragm. And this is where the hiccups occur.
3. Sudden Change in Temperature. Sudden, extreme temperature changes can potentially cause hiccups. For this reason, it is not recommended, consuming hot food and cold drinks at the same time.
4. Use of seasonings and food flavorings. A person who cannot stand spicy food is more likely to experience hiccups when eating spicy food. Likewise, if the use of spices in food is too salty or sour. This of course will cause the diaphragm to contract suddenly, which means inviting hiccups.
Normally, hiccups last only a moment and a few minutes. And until now there has been no serious impact that can endanger health caused by hiccups. For this reason, no medical party is willing to provide medication if a patient complains of hiccups. Except, if there are certain abnormalities that are considered serious in the diaphragm.
Although hiccups are not classified as a dangerous complaint, if the time is limited, it could be a sign of abnormalities in your body. For that, you should get medical attention immediately, if the hiccups you experience last more than 30 minutes and are accompanied by pain that is too much in the neck. Hiccups sometimes make you so annoyed and tormented. To fix this, here are some simple ways you can do so that the hiccups can stop immediately.
How to Overcome Hiccups
- Drink a glass of water slowly and let the water flow down the throat slowly and gradually to restore stability to the diaphragm.
- Drink lemon or lime juice. Or you can also suck the lime meat with the tongue. Research shows this method is faster than holding your breath.
- Press your nose with one hand then inhale through your mouth and close your mouth and make sure that no air is entered or inhaled. Hold this condition for at least one minute, until the hiccups stop.
- Chewing and swallowing sugar. Based on research, sugar is able to send signals to nerve fibers to stop the reflex arc that triggers hiccups.
- Lie down with your knees bent toward your stomach. Maintain this position for at least 1 minute.
- For babies / toddlers who experience hiccups. The methods above are certainly difficult when applied to your little one. For that, the way to deal with hiccups in infants and toddlers is simply to hold them in an upright position while gently tapping their backs. Instantly the baby will burp and the hiccups will disappear.
Here are some simple ways you can do when you experience hiccups. Hopefully useful and good luck.