Country Lore: Hiccup Remedy

One reader reports that drinking water really can be a hiccup remedy, if you do it in a series of small swallows.

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It turns out drinking a glass of water really can be a hiccup remedy.


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I’m sometimes awakened during the night by hiccups. Of course I'd heard about that old hiccup remedy, drinking a glass of water, but I came up with my own variation: I inhale deeply, then drink the water in 25 really small swallows.

The peristaltic action of the swallows neutralizes the hiccups.

Eve Otto
Woodstock, New York