What Causes Hiccups?

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Definitely, everyone has already experienced having hiccups. People of all ages can experience hiccups—even the youngest of all the newborns and the eldest people on earth can possibly suffer from hiccups at the very moment you are reading this selection. However, you have to understand that hiccups are not a disease—moreover it is not a condition which you should be frantic about.

The reason why many people become restless when having hiccups is that it can become annoying—most especially if you are inside a meeting, attending a class, traveling inside the bus or plane or simply walking in public. People will easily notice a person who hiccups—the sound of it and the jerky movement of the chest and upper torso… but what causes hiccups, really?

Hiccups are reflexes and this happens when our body tries to expel some forms of foreign body or obstruction inside our respiratory tract or airway…the same is true with reflexes like sneezing and coughing. Thus, it is safe to say that hiccups are our body’s way of keeping us free from harmful objects that we may have acquired along the way.

Hiccups happen when our diaphragm (the strong muscles which aid us during respiration) expands and contracts cyclically. This is also followed with the cyclical opening and closing of our vocal vestibules located in our larynx. When these events happen synchronously, “hic” becomes the result.

What Causes Hiccups in Babies?

Babies are prone to hiccups and the reason why this occurrence is common is due to too much entrance of air when they feed. Air can enter the airways of a baby especially when the mother does not know the proper position in breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, or when the bottle becomes empty while the baby still sucks on it.

What Causes Hiccups in Adults?

In terms of adults hiccups can simply be due to entrance of foreign bodies in our airways. However, these can also be as complicated as the presence of diseases like renal failure and hyperglycemia. Drug and alcohol abuse can also lead to frequent hiccups. Hiccups can happen occasionally—in fact, a person can survive a year without having hiccups. When hiccups become so common and frequent, have yourself checked.

What Causes Hiccups in Pregnancy?

Pregnant women are also at risk of getting hiccups frequently—most especially during the second trimester. This can be attributed to the pressure of the growing fetus inside the mother’s abdomen, especially the diaphragm… and as we all know, the diaphragm is an important structure in the physiology of hiccups.

What Causes Hiccups in Post-Op Patients?

Patients who have undergone surgery may also suffer from hiccups. This is most common especially if the person has been subjected to General Anesthesia. This happens as the person’s gastric and respiratory functions return to normal—from the previously depressed state during surgery.

There are a lot of hiccups remedies that one can use and most of them are simple—no need to take in drugs and other medications. Be sure to have yourself checked if your hiccups become more and more frequent.



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