Why Do You Get Hiccups?

By james
Reviewed: Dr. Gromatzky
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Pretty much everybody gets the hiccups from time to time. For kids they can be a lot of fun but they are not always something to laugh at. They can be quite uncomfortable for some people, however, and they can sometimes last for a long time. They are involuntary, meaning that we have no control over them and have little choice but to wait until they pass.

If they do last for longer than 48 hours, however, then it is an indicator that there might be an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. There are numerous potential causes of hiccups, and here’s a look at some of the most common.

1. What Are Hiccups?

In order to answer why we get hiccups it will help first if we explain what they are. Our diaphragm is a muscle that is found just below the lungs. When we need to take in more air, the diaphragm pulls down, drawing the air in. In order to breathe out, the diaphragm will relax allowing the air to exit the lungs.

This process will be repeated continuously, ensuring that we have a constant supply of fresh air being delivered to the lungs. Hiccups are caused when the diaphragm pulls down suddenly, drawing in air quickly. This causes the windpipe to snap shut, and this results in the hiccup sound we all know so well.


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