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13-Year-Old CEO Invents Cure for Hiccups: What Do You Do To Get Rid of the Hiccups?

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There are hundreds of home remedies out there—and you probably already have a favorite. But the next time you get a bad case of the hiccups, you might want to give the Hiccupop a try.

This new cure was invented by 13-year-old Mallory Kievman after she suffered a stubborn bout of the hiccups two years ago. While attempting to ease one of the world’s most annoying maladies, the preteen tried out about one hundred folk remedies. At some point in the process, Kievman realized that she could combine her three favorite cures—sugar, apple cider vinegar, and lollipops—to make an interesting product.

Apparently, that combination of ingredients "triggers a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc . . . It basically over-stimulates those nerves and cancels out the message to hiccup," Kievman explained to the New York Times.

Mallory Kievman may be a minor, but she is already well on her way to turning her innovative idea into a marketable product. She has filed for a patent with the help of intellectual property lawyers. She has the support of Danny Briere, a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Startup Connecticut. And she even has her own team of consultants, a group of graduate business students from the University of Connecticut.

Kievman and her team hope to get Hiccupops onto drugstore shelves this summer. But until then, you’ll just have to stick with your own go-to hiccup cures. So SodaHeads, what do you do to get rid of the hiccups?

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  • AvaC 2012/05/14 05:31:21
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    AvaC
    +1
    I put a match stick inside my hair, close to my forehead. It's a fairly old tradition here. Most people (foreigners) laugh at me when I tell them that but it stops the hiccups almost instantly.

    match stick
  • Avril L... AvaC 2012/05/14 09:00:09
    Avril Lavigne
    +1
    INTRESTING!
  • ♥Lyss♥ 2012/05/14 05:23:52
    Drink water
    ♥Lyss♥
    +1
    try what i'm about to tell you the next time you have hiccups. I GUARANTEE this will work!

    step 1.) get water
    step 2.) hold you breath
    step 3.) drink the water and hold your breath at the same time

    wala! NO MAS HICCUPS! :D :D :D

    sadie you are welcome gif
  • Couri 2012/05/14 05:06:05
    Drink water
    Couri
    +1
    It's a weird combination of drinking water (or any non carbonated drink really) and holding my breath.
  • Osaka 2012/05/14 05:06:02
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    Osaka
    +1
    I guess relax...
  • He'a: ka'ka:' 2012/05/14 05:05:59
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    He'a: ka'ka:'
    Drink water from a paper towel. OMG this kid is a genius, and I have hope again for future generations.
  • Kiki,Pixie,Worm 2012/05/14 05:04:49
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    Kiki,Pixie,Worm
    +1
    I don't do anything.......I just let time do the healing :P!
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/05/14 04:55:10
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    Inquisitve Kat
    +1
    Concentrate hard on a white horse (or anything, really)... it seems to make it stop. Yeah, it's bloody weird.
  • Marcus Clark 2012/05/14 04:54:19
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    Marcus Clark
    +1
    A spoonful of peanut butter works every time.
  • Party o... Marcus ... 2012/05/14 13:29:48
    Party of One
    +1
    Thanks, I'll try that.
  • Jay Theyme 2012/05/14 04:34:38
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    Jay Theyme
    I don't think I've ever had a case of the hiccups lasting more than about 5 in a row and I just figure nature knows best,
    however,
    If there is some with chronic hiccup(itus?) or can't stop then this little gal is a fantastic example of the free market, mothering an invention, great for her! Good job young lady! That's such a great example!
  • reaper 2012/05/14 04:33:00
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    reaper
    +1
    what always worked for me was finding some way to burp.
  • Party o... reaper 2012/05/14 13:31:54
    Party of One
    Another good idea...the thought's crossed my mind it might work, I just haven't been able to burp on demand
  • reaper Party o... 2012/05/15 03:35:06
    reaper
    +1
    I can't either, but a soda helps in that
  • Omni 2012/05/14 04:13:36
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    Omni
    Deepthroat.
  • Unicorns vs Narwhals 2012/05/14 04:02:26
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    Unicorns vs Narwhals
    Drink pickle juice
  • Z-Wolf 2012/05/14 04:02:10
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    Z-Wolf
    +2
    Wait until it blows over. I've never had a case of hiccups that's lasted longer than 2 minutes if I just ignored it.
  • Party o... Z-Wolf 2012/05/14 13:33:37
    Party of One
    I haven't either...waiting it out works for me, too
  • Z-Wolf Party o... 2012/05/16 01:11:10
  • Party o... Z-Wolf 2012/05/16 01:21:23
    Party of One
    :D
  • birdie1224 2012/05/14 03:48:00
    Hold my breath
    birdie1224
    works for me
  • The Impossible Girl ✿ 2012/05/14 03:46:42
    Hold my breath
    The Impossible Girl ✿
    I drink some water really fast, then I hold my breath for as long as possible.
  • ♡Short Sparkley Ginger♡ 2012/05/14 03:46:05
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    ♡Short Sparkley Ginger♡
    +3
    Jumping jacks while screeming :)
  • Party o... ♡Short ... 2012/05/14 13:37:03 (edited)
    Party of One
    +1
    lol...will hiccupping allow you to scream? seems like it'd interrupt it.

    there was another post that suggested putting something under the hair above her forehead and that doing that worked (i know, not your usual method) but since you mentioned jumping jacks, which also calls for raising your arms in a similar manner, I wonder if the raising of the arms in that way holds significance
  • animelover123 2012/05/14 03:42:55
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    animelover123
    +2
    I keep mine ahahaha they can be so fun sometimes
  • BrianD3 animelo... 2012/05/14 10:47:12
    BrianD3
    kinda feel the same way
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/05/14 03:27:06
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    Christopher Kirchen
    +1
    There are many ways people try, but the most sure way is to wait them out.
  • BrianD3 Christo... 2012/05/14 10:47:32
    BrianD3
    waiting works best
  • Osk 2012/05/14 03:26:12 (edited)
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    Osk
    +1
    I burp or try to ignore it or take deep breaths
  • Yaati 2012/05/14 03:22:51
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    Yaati
    +2
    Angst and pout. Ignore it. Realise after a while that it's gone. Victory dance. Resume normal activities.
  • seahawk665 2012/05/14 03:20:36
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    seahawk665
    I just take deep breaths, and they go away.
  • Jiorgia 2012/05/14 03:18:10
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    Jiorgia
    Count My Pulse, if i get to 30 without hiccuping then they are gone.
  • jackie 2012/05/14 03:17:25
    Drink water
    jackie
    Hold my breath and drink water. Kind of like im taking a pill.
  • ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/05/14 03:04:45 (edited)
    Drink water
    ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★
    I hate Hiccups Drinking water helps

    I hate Hiccups
  • none 2012/05/14 03:00:38
    Hold my breath
    none
    +2
    This is the thing that's worked for me more than anything else.
  • ~*!MCR FOR LIFE=D!*~ 2012/05/14 02:58:48
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    ~*!MCR FOR LIFE=D!*~
    +5
    I eat peanut butter =P
  • Omni ~*!MCR ... 2012/05/14 04:15:50
    Omni
    That actually sounds like it'd work :D I'll try that next time.
  • barby k... ~*!MCR ... 2012/05/14 06:11:57
    barby karring
    Thanks for the pb tip, I'll try it.
  • edlie 2012/05/14 02:56:03
    Drink water
    edlie
    sometimes it works for me..and sometimes it don't! xD
  • Ketel-One 2012/05/14 02:50:41
    Eat a teaspoonful of sugar
    Ketel-One
    +1
    Works everytime

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