The longest time anyone has suffered from hiccups was 68 years, by Charles Osborne of Iowa. Keeping that fact in mind, what is the best way to get rid of hiccups? Revision recommends these suggestions to help anyone get rid of hiccups in 60 seconds or a little more.
Sometimes, purposefully slowing your breathing down gets rid of hiccups. Breathe in for a count of five and breathe out for a count of five.
Holding your breath for twenty seconds and breathing out very slowly also helps. Repeat until the hiccups disappear.
Compress the Chest
Often, changing your body position can help eliminate hiccups. Bend down so that the chest is lightly compressed. Alternately, lay down and bend your knees to your chest and hold for a few seconds. Repeat until the hiccups are gone. Another technique is to sit or stand comfortably, then use your hands to gently press below the sternum’s end. Keep pressing until the hiccups stop.
Drink Ice Water
Slowly slipping ice water may stimulate the vagus nerve. This nerve starts in the brain and goes through the abdomen. When it is irritated, the diaphragm spasms, causing hiccups. Some people get relief by sipping the ice-cold water through a cloth or paper towel covering the glass of water. Also, some people get relief from sucking on an ice cube for a few minutes.