Basically, a short-lasting hiccup is nothing bad and medically usually insignificant, yet the loud vocal "Hickser attacks" are usually annoying, moreover, they almost always occur in the most unlikely situations.
What happens with hiccups?
Hiccough, in medicine called singultus (Latin sob, rattling), is caused by involuntary, rapid contraction of the diaphragm, the glottis closes. Inhalation causes the typical hiccups when the absorbed air hits the closed glottis.
Common causes of the onset of hiccups
What causes hiccups is different, but there are a number of different reasons that can cause hiccups:
- Consumption of cold or hot food or drinks
- hasty food or drink
- Gastrointestinal disease
Tips against hiccups
There are numerous tips on how to get rid of your hiccups. Most are controversial in their effect. Here is a small selection:
- Keep your ears closed with your thumbs and your nose with your little fingers while holding your breath
- singing aloud
- Drink vinegar
- be scared
- Eat sugar
All these measures irritate the parasympathetic nervous system, which belongs to the autonomic nervous system. Maybe this hiccup will solve it.
If not, wait and see. The diaphragm usually calms down fairly quickly. This works best when you distract yourself. Therefore, probably the old custom of asking hiccup-plagued people to ask what you ate three or more days ago.
Where does hiccup come from?
Hiccough is actually a relic of prenatal times. Hiccough is a necessary reflex for the fetus. He has to get used to the "outside" life in the amniotic fluid, and does so with breathing exercises, among other things. The closed glottis prevents the inflow of amniotic fluid.
Hiccup, biologically speaking, is complete nonsense after birth. But if his appearance continues to accompany us, at least the frequency is lost: In childhood, we "hiccup" 3,000 times more than in adulthood!