Yesterday's post about family superstitions made me think of something else that involves a lot of traditional but not necessarily effective folk wisdom: hiccup remedies.
Everyone has the one Grandma recommended, the one Mom thought was better and the one picked up along the way that he or she thinks works best of all. I can think of several right off:
- My mother's advice: "Hold your breath and count to 79," which seems a trifle excessive and still doesn't always work.
- One I learned in school that strikes me as a little scary: close your eyes and press lightly on your eyelids.
- My husband's favorite tip: swallow a spoonful of sugar.
- My personal favorite: drink a glass of water.
What hiccup cures do you know about that I didn't list here? Do they work?