Why do we get hiccups?
Is it true that the purpose of hiccups is to push air from our stomachs? Perhaps, for babies.
Research from Queen’s University recently suggested the hiccup reflex in infants may be triggered by the presence of air in their stomach, and that the hiccup acts as a burping mechanism to allow babies to drink more milk. Another, older theory about the cause of hiccups is that they occur when the vagus nerve (which runs from the brain to the abdomen) is irritated; your diaphragm contracts, which sets off a sudden closure of your vocal cords, producing the “hic” sound. Whatever the cause, when the hiccups start, you just want them to stop. Here are some ideas: