Holding the breath technique is an old household solution for resolving hiccups. It is performed by holding your breath whenever you feel a hiccup coming on. Holding the breath for a few seconds before a hiccup is said to stop it from coming up.
Holding the Breath Technique Health Uses and Health Benefits
Holding the breath for hiccups is said to work by swallowing air, which is believed to help interrupt the hiccups. When the diaphragm (the muscle between the chest and abdomen) becomes irritated or triggered, it causes involuntary contractions known as hiccups. Using the holding the breathing technique, you can interrupt the contractions and counteract the hiccups.1,2
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