Peanut butter as hiccup cure

Stephanie's delicious cure for the hiccups:

Here's my totally painless [and high protein! — Ed.] cure for the hiccups: Give your (older child only please!) a silverware spoon full of peanut butter and have them eat it all at one time. Volia! Hiccups instantly gone! I think it works because the PB is so thick when you swallow your diaphragm is forced to relax. Obviously this wouldn't be safe for a younger kid (or one with a nut allergy, duh!) but my son is 4 and has no problems with it (he will come running and say "I need some peanut butter!" when he gets the hiccups) and it honestly works great….it's the only thing that gets rid of the hiccups for me, too!

BTW, I can't take full credit for this hack, I was told about it by a paramedic I used to work with in the ER. I laughed at him about it until one day when I got the hiccups and he proved me wrong! And most all of us have got a jar of the stuff around the house, right?

Certainly better for a kid that my mom's old-fashioned cure: a spoonful of sugar. (But, oh, how I loved getting the hiccups when I was a kid).

What's your foolproof cure for the hiccups?

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  1. Melissa says

    I’m so glad someone else uses peanut butter as a hiccups cure! I had a friend tell me this about 15 years ago (when we were in elementary school). It definitely works! I just wish people didn’t look at me like I’m crazy when I suggest it. ;o)

  2. Chuk says

    I try to teach my kids to totally inflate their lungs and put lots of pressure on their diaphragms, but it’s kind of tricky for the little ones. Bonus is you can do it anywhere, no supplies (like peanut butter or a cup of water or sugar) required.

  3. Chaya says

    That sounds like a fun one. I actually just got the hiccups at my daughter’s school, and a kindergarden teacher had me sip from a cup of water as I turned around in a circle…just keep on taking sips as you turn. Voila! They were gone immediately. So there’s another one to try when there’s no peanut butter handy.

  4. says

    My daughter, 4, gets hiccups all the time and we still have a bottle of gripe water we use (tho it has expired). Now it’s called hiccup juice and I have her take a small drink of it instead of using a medicine dispenser.

  5. says

    I have one for adults that works so well I’ve really wished I could use it with the kids.

    Put some bitters on a lemon. (Some sugar too if you want.) Suck the lemon. Hiccups are gone like magic.

  6. says

    I have rather violent, painful hiccups, and this is the only one that *always* works for me. Yes, people think I’m insane for suggesting it, too! (But they always find out that I was right.)

  7. MJ says

    I grew up eating peanut butter on a spoon all the time – we called them ‘peanut butter lollipops’. My kids have these all the time, too – though I’ve never heard of this as a cure for hiccups. I’ll try it next time for sure!

  8. says

    Take a deep breath – as deep as you can. When you think you’re as deep as possible, breathe deeper. Then hold it as long as possible. This opens up the diaphragm and cures the hiccups. If it doesn’t work the first time it might help to take a few quick breaths first and then the big deep one. Of course this is a hard one to get kids to do but it works for me every time.

  9. Miss K says

    Take a large spoonful of sugar and a large glass of milk (how big “large” is depends on the kid). Sit the kid down and have them: 1) Take the sugar like medicine, and 2) Wash it down with the water, drinking as slowly as they can stand to do but drinking the whole glass at one time. This method combines the use of sugar to “shock” the nerves involved, the standard water cure, and the holding of the breath to attempt to impose some sort of control on the diaphragm. Usually works for me.

  10. Sandy says

    I have my kids drink a paper cup of water upside down. Standing up, lean over & put your mouth on the opposite side of the cup from you, and keep bending until you’re able to sip the water. Works every time!

  11. cavale says

    this is what’s always worked for me:

    fill a glass with water, and place a butter knife in it (blade side down, obviously). place the knife so that, when you drink from the glass, the tip of the handle pushes into your forehead. drink as much of the water as you can at once.

    it’s never failed me.

  12. chris says

    Another thing that works great is eating hot thick oatmeal. I get horrid hiccups that go on for hours and result in bad headaches. We’ve always got instant oatmeal on hand anyway and it’s quick to whip it up. Just the other night I was awakened by them and finally got my tail out of bed, made the oatmeal, and they were gone before I finished it. It’s the heat that does it for me – soup and hot chocolate work too, but oatmeal is best. I guess it’s along the same lines as peanut butter and the thickness helps.

  13. says

    Something that absolutely works — but isn’t great if you’re constrained for space — is running. I think your body starts to concentrate on regulating breathing for running, and it stops hiccuping. If you’ve even got a little bit of space or can be outside, it totally works and is fun! I’m surprised I’ve never heard anyone talk about this technique, as it is a surefire cure for me (and my son!) .

  14. Patsy says

    I just used the peanut butter for hiccups cure. IT WORKS!! I have had them for two days!, the kind that are violet and make me sick. The only help I get is to fall asleep. I’m so glad I found this cure.

  15. Jenni says

    That is dangerous advice, especially sad that you would get it from a paramedic! Eating a spoonful of peanut butter is dangerous for any age, and is absolutely not worth the risk to get rid of hiccups. How do you plan on dislodging, thick and sticky peanut butter if it blocks the airway? Swallowing a spoonful of peanut butter is taking a serious risk, at any age, and should NEVER be done! I urge you to remove your post before someone follows this advice and chokes to death as a result!

    • Asha Dornfest says

      A wise caution, Jenni. Thank you for leaving a comment. I’ll add a safety note to the hack.