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A hiccup is a health problem associated with unintentional movements of the diaphragm or the muscles found at the base of the lung. This movement is followed by fast closing of the vocal cords leading to production of a distinctive sound. In most cases this problem occurs without any given reason and disappears just quickly. It is rare for the problem to occur for several days or weeks. In case the problem occurs for several days it is necessary to seek medical assistance from a doctor. Newborns and infants are the ones that are mostly affected by hiccups.

Some of the common causes of the problems include:
Poisonous fumes
Abdominal surgery
Spicy or hot liquids or food

To treat the problem, a doctor may perform gastric lavage or massages the carotid sinus in the neck. If it continues for a long time medicines or nasogastric intubation may be prescribed for treatment.

Product Category Recommendation: Gastrointestinal Health

Words from our in House Expert:

dr.-dave-bordered.jpgDr. Dave States: This irritation is a neurolgical condition from either an irritant to the stomach or eating too fast.  Slowing the amount and the rate of eating and drinking is key.  Chiropractic and acupuncture are both great things for this condition.  Alkalizing the system in general is something that needs to happen in general over time.


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