How to beat hiccups: 14 proven ways

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Greetings, dear readers! Today we are talking about how to prepare a child for kindergarten and how to make the kindergarten become a desirable and favorite place to stay for the child.

Step Tune in to positive

If you are convinced that your child does not need to attend kindergarten, then you probably will not read this article. But if you nevertheless decide that your kid will attend preschool, you need to tune in yourself and create a correct and friendly attitude towards kindergarten in your child. Tell your child how interesting it will be in kindergarten, how he will play there with other children, how many different toys there are that he does not have at home, how great it will be to be friends with other children, sing, draw, walk together. Go with your child to the kindergarten, take a walk nearby, watch the children. It will be great if you can get to the matinee for kids who do not attend kindergarten, but who are on the waiting list. Dasha and I, for example, were invited to the kindergarten at our place of residence for the New Year - and this event was one of the most joyful for her, after which the child had the most wonderful memories of the kindergarten. Call the social protection department to find out how this can be done.

If you, as parents, find it difficult to imagine your child in kindergarten, but you know that this is "necessary", try to find for yourself all the positive moments that the child will go to kindergarten. Let's try to identify some of them together:

1) the child will be in a team, learn to communicate with peers and other adults, which will allow the little person to socialize and in the future he will be able to more easily adapt to school

2) professional teachers will be engaged in the development of the child, the child will acquire the necessary skills and abilities in a strict system of general preschool education

3) a kindergarten is a competently created developmental environment, where there are the most necessary educational aids, toys, teaching materials - and you do not need to purchase it all yourself

4) in kindergarten, the child learns to follow the rules, follow discipline, obey the requirements, learns to organize themselves and their activities on their own

One of the main fears of parents thinking about the need for a child to attend kindergarten is that the child will often get sick. Unfortunately, the statistics really confirm this. However, it must be remembered that if the child does not get most of the diseases at an early age, then when they come at an older age, the child will endure them much more difficult.

So, step number 1 - the most important - tune in to the fact that kindergarten is good for your child.

Step Observe your daily routine

Development into joy

What is hiccups

Hiccups - involuntary convulsive contraction of the diaphragm and intercostal muscles.

Each spasm causes air to flow into the lungs, which causes the vocal cords to close suddenly and produce a characteristic stifled sound. Its Latin name singultus is translated as "sigh", "sob".

Most often, hiccups appear unexpectedly and can disable them for a long time. It interferes with communicating, concentrating on work, eating and falling asleep.

The first attacks of hiccups begin in the womb, at about the 25th week of pregnancy. Moreover, in adults, they occur much less frequently than in children.

Hiccups usually go away in 20-30 minutes. But there are also exceptions. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the longest hiccups in history was recorded in the American Charles Osborne from Iowa. The man began to hiccup in 1922, but was unable to recover. His torment continued until 1990. According to experts, he hiccups 20-40 times a minute and has made more than 430 million hiccups in all the time [1]. Despite his illness, Charles Osborne got married and started a family. An interesting fact: each person hiccups in his own way - in different people, the frequency of hiccups can vary from 4 to 60 times per minute [2].

Swallowing air while laughing can cause hiccups

Causes of hiccups

Although all people hiccup from time to time, the reasons for this phenomenon are still not fully understood. There are almost as many of them as there are folk methods of getting rid of hiccups, physiologists say. Here are some factors that can lead to sudden contractions of the diaphragm and trigger short-term hiccups:

  • drinking carbonated drinks;
  • smoking cigarettes, vaping, or hookah;
  • swallowing air while laughing;
  • eating too hot or spicy food;
  • stress and emotional tension;
  • sitting for a long time in an uncomfortable position;
  • sudden changes in temperature;
  • swallowing food quickly;
  • too much alcohol;
  • not getting enough sleep;
  • overeating.

How to get rid of hiccups

It is not always possible to wait for the hiccups to stop on their own. For example, if you are in a theater or need to make an urgent call. Therefore, dozens of different tricks were invented that allow you to quickly get rid of this unpleasant phenomenon - from severe fright and headstand to breathing through a paper bag. Although there is no convincing scientific evidence that these techniques actually work, according to physiologists, they help, firstly, to artificially increase the level of carbon dioxide in the blood - this normalizes the respiratory center in the brain (in order to increase the supply of oxygen, the diaphragm begins to contract more deep, and the spasms gradually disappear); and secondly, to stimulate the vagus nerve: it connects the brain and the abdominal cavity and regulates the processes of breathing and swallowing. If you “distract” this nerve with new sensations, the brain will switch to them and stop giving false signals to the diaphragm.

When you start having hiccups, you can try any of the following methods. If one does not work, go to another. These techniques are considered simple and safe, but not for children.

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