Take a spoonful of sugar. Change your breathing pattern. Hold your breath and swallow three times. These are three of MANY ways people get rid of hiccups. I, on the other hand, try to help Isabelle get rid of her hiccups using a tactic my father used with me as a little girl. I try to startle them out of her.
This afternoon she began hiccuping and couldn’t stop.
“Bah!” she yelled.
“You can’t scare the hiccups out of yourself, silly!” I told her.
“Bah!” she said again.
“It’s not going to work,” I told my mini-me.
She continued hiccuping. I casually helped her get changed for rest time. That’s when I startled her.
“BAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!” I shouted.
Her little head, hands, and body shook at the sound of my voice. She started to giggle. But then, HICCUP!
“Oh no. It didn’t work,” I said.
I smoothed out her woolies and then startled her again.
More laughter. But then, another hiccup surfaced.
“Maybe I’ll just have to tickle them out of you,” I told her.
“Okay!” she said.
I tickled her underarms, her feet, and her tummy. But, — HICCUP!
“It’s still not working. You need more tickles!” I said.
A few minutes later, she was all tickled out. She picked two picture books for rest time and sidled up next to me. Everything was quiet as I was about to read The Pigeon Needs a Bath.
“They’re gone aren’t they?” I asked.
“Yup!” she replied. “Because you bah-ed me.”
It works every time.