• Metabolic disorders and drugs: Conditions that can cause hiccups in this category include: Alcoholism, Anesthesia, Barbiturates, Diabetes, Electrolyte Imbalances, Kidney Failure, Steroids, and Tranquilizers.
Everyone has a home remedy for the hiccups. Some make sense and others are pure folklore. Here are some of the more common ones:
• Apple Cider Vinegar: Slowly sip a glass of warm water mixed with 1 teaspoonful of vinegar. This works best if the water is drunk from the far side of the glass.
• Baking Soda: Mix two teaspoonfuls of baking soda and two teaspoons of aromatic spirits of ammonia with four ounces of peppermint water. Dose: one tablespoonful; repeat as necessary.
• Breathing: Breathe into a small paper bag that is tightly pressed around the mouth. Or try spreading your arms like at “T” and take a very deep breath. Repeat several times, or try holding a deep breath as long as you can.
• Lemon: Mix the juice of one lemon in half a glass of water; drink; repeat if the first drink didn’t stop the hiccups
• Lemon/salt: Put a teaspoonful of salt on half a lemon and suck the juice out of the lemon
• Orange: Drink the juice of one-half an orange
• Peanut butter: Eat 1 teaspoon of peanut butter
• Pineapple juice: Take a few rapid swallows of pineapple juice — repeat hourly if necessary
• Sugar: Place a teaspoon of sugar on the tongue and wash it down with a glass of cold water. Another sugar remedy suggests swallowing it dry (this is not recommended for the diabetic patient).
• Water: Drinking water in various fashions have been an age-old cure. Here are several variations — Plug your ears and drink a glass of ice cold water, or slowly sip a cup of warm water. Sip a cup of water with honey in it.