When I was in college, there was a guy in my apartment complex who collected cures for the hiccups. He had undergone brain surgery a few years earlier, and when he awoke from the anesthesia, he had a semi-permanent case of the hiccups. They would come and go several times per day. It became a topic of conversation for him, so he decided to collect antidotes and write a book. I don't know if he ever wrote that book, but it did get me thinking seriously about a cure. Not seriously enough that I would go into medicine, but I would like to say that my research can now benefit mankind.
Somewhere along the way, I heard that hiccups are caused by the diaphragm getting off its regular pattern. I figured the cure needed to act as a reset for the diaphragm. So I came up with a cure that combined my technique for holding my breath in the pool--I never was coordinated enough to take a breath while still propelling my arms, so I figured out how to hold my breath all the way across the pool--and pretending to be a balloon with a slow leak. Before you get too excited, I will say that this cure is effective only about 70% of the time. Repeating the process can increase its effectiveness, but I have had stubborn cases of the hiccups once or twice that simply had to be waited out.
Still, now that I've tested this remedy on first graders, I think it is time to share it with the world!
Step 2: On the third deep breath, hold your breath.
Step 3: Keep holding your breath! You should feel like your lungs are going to explode.
Step 4: When your face is turning red, your eyes are bugging out, and you fear drowning...oh wait, that's right, we're hiccupping, not swimming...
Step 5: ...open your mouth ever so slightly and let the high-pressure air out as slowly as possible, as if you are one of the front two tires on my van. (Have I mentioned that I've had two flat tires in the last four months? No? Well here are some photos so you can feel bad for us.)
On our way to see the Real soccer game. The kids had to substitute a game of Battleship for soccer that night.
At least it was nice weather for getting a tan on the side of the freeway. #5 was lucky to have caught a ride to the game with some friends.
Let me know if this process works to eradicate your hiccups, or feel free to pass along your own cure.