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Q: How do I get rid of acid reflux hiccups?

I am a 15-year-old female who has had intractable hiccups. I don't really remember when they started, but three years ago is my best guess. I never felt the need to figure out what was making me hiccup every half hour or so because I only get one or two at a time, but they hurt. They are loud and annoying in the middle of class when I randomly go "HIICCC!"

They are pretty sharp hiccups and I recently did some research and found out why. I have acid reflux and was diagnosed with it and prescribed medicine for it about a year ago. I get heartburn a lot. My assumption is that acid reflux is the cause. This has been so frustrating for me because I've been trying to change my eating habits and diet both to try and figure out what is causing these hiccups. I'm in band and choir and sing on my own a lot, and I am embarassed to get hiccups in the middle of a song. Can someone please give me some helpful advice as of to why I am getting these incessant hiccups and what I can do to get rid of them? Thank you much!

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Jan Gambino, Health Guide
9/11/09 6:55am

Hello Crystal,

How annoying! I hope you find a solution fast! Start with the gastroenterologist and make sure you are on the best treatment including medication for the reflux. Then ask for a referral to a Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor or a voice specialist (speech language pathologist).

My daughter has loud belches from her reflux and often gets blamed by the teachers for disrupting the class. You might want to ask the doctor to write a note to the teacher explaining the condition.

Keep searching for answers-I know there is a way to control your symptoms.


Here are some links that might be useful to you:

5 Drinks to Avoid with Acid Reflux

Heartburn Trigger Foods

7 Symptoms of Acid Reflux


Crystal, Community Member
9/19/09 8:58pm

Thank you Jan! I appreciate the ideas. I'm going through a rather frustrating time right now because I'm also trying to move forward with singing and music, but it's not going to advance much while these hiccups are taking place. I don't think my parents can afford all the specialists though right now, so I'm still rather puzzled. I hope I can find someone nearby that isn't going to cost my parents a fortune! Thanks again for taking the time to read and respond.

Much appreciation,



Jan Gambino, Health Guide
9/20/09 9:59pm

Hello Crystal, Here are some home remedies to try:

avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, cola)

avoid energy drinks such as Red Bull

Avoid carbonated drinks such as soda

Eat slowly

Take small bites

Chew well.

Avoid eating on the run or when you are stressed.

It might not take away the burping but I hope that it will slow it down quite a bit.


Crystal, Community Member
9/20/09 10:46pm

Jan, Thank you for taking the time to read my question and respond. I will be trying your methods as well as attempting to get my parents to take me to a specialist eventually. I'll give feedback as well! Thanks again, Crystal

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By Crystal, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/10/14, First Published: 09/10/09