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We have all had hiccups at one stage or the other and you need to understand why this comes about and the mechanism behind it. A hiccup is an involuntary action caused by the movement of the diaphragm (a sheet of muscle responsible for quite inspiration or breathing). The contractions of the diaphragm causes the characteristic sound you hear because the vocal cords closes as the contracted diaphragm draws in air. This is why the vocal cord snaps shut as a result of contraction. The vocal cords found in the larynx are very important for voice (sppech) and singing. Now there are different reasons why contractions of the diaphragm occurs which leads to hiccups and these are listed below. These causes were researched by me and  also from from my own experience.

What causes hiccups?

  1. Excitement
  2. Eating too fast
  3. Not drinking water especially after a meal (my personal experience)
  4. Drinking much alcohol or beverages
  5. Damage to vagus or phrenic nerves which connects to the larynx and pharynx.
  6. Medications

Hiccups does not last for too long but in a case where it does, then it might be an underlying medical condition and you should see your doctor if this persists for too long. I normally take a lot of water when hiccups do arise


  • Drugs can be used to treat hiccups.
  • For me, I normally prefer drinking water and this works everytime for me.

I don’t know about what other people do to stop hiccups and I will like to hear your opinions below.

P.S. This is a short post and was written for information purposes. You should consult your doctor for medical advice.

A quick information about my next post: I’m currently researching about heart burn and will be posting an article by lunch time tomorrow. It should be a great article and you should not miss it for anything. Heart burn affects many and leaves people feeling frustrated. I will also highlight how to go about solving this issue in the article tomorrow.

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