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Hiccuping: When To See The Doctor

Hiccuping and When To See The Doctor

Hiccupping can be a course for concern when it becomes pesistent and refuses to stop. It also becomes more cause for worry when it defiles treatment. In this post, I shall be discussing Hiccuping and When To See The Doctor. Read also How to use Cabbage juice to say Goodbye to stomach ulcers. How long should I Drink Fermented Cabbage Juice for Stomach Ulcers?

Is Hiccuping a Course for Worry?

Hiccuping is known locally as Etuturu or etuketu in Igbo dialect. It is not a course for worry. It becomes a course for worry when the pattern changes and when it becomes consistent. Last night, my brother hiccupped throughout the night. This is what the doctor said. Read the Natural Ways to Cure Anovulation (Lack of Ovulation)

Hiccuping and When To See The Doctor
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I am not a health expert in this field but I have had several experiences and cases about hiccupping that refused to stop. Normally, when hiccupping sets in, the first thing that comes to our mind is taking water. This helps so much because dehydration is one of the major causes of hiccuping in humans.

Apart from dehydration, human tends to hiccup when they need water to push down hard meals like yam, heavy snacks, and dry food (my experience).

Unnecessary hiccuping in my children, I mean hiccups that settle with water and comes back, stays longer than usual, and keeps coming back, signal the presence of infection in their system. This is the major symptom that my kids show before the infection attacks. But before this, I will also find out how many times the child has defecated for the day and the quantity of the poo.

This is because if a child has diarrhea and the appropriate fluid is not replaced, such a child will become dehydrated and a hiccup will set in.

Days ago, we saw another version of hiccuping from my brother who is in his early 20. He returned from his office, hiccuping. He came into my bedroom and reported the case. I was frightened when he said it began in the office around 12 noon. That night, we tried everything possible to stop the hiccup but it refused to go.

Everything failed, including water dripping into the tongue, the white rope on the head, the deep breath-in to allow more oxygen flow into the lungs. I became afraid when I noticed changes in the face of my brother.

I put out calls to all the medical doctors on my contact but none responded. Some had their phones switched off. Others had theirs on but didn’t pick my calls. I remembered the local chemist in my village. I knew he couldn’t do anything for me at that dead of the night. He is just a local paracetamol dispenser. Out of frustration, I hit the dial button.

At the second ring, he picked. He didn’t let me finish, he just said; “do you have Ampiclox in your first aid box?”. I said yes. He asked me to open a capsule and pour all or half inside my brother’s throat and ask him to swallow it.

I didn’t give what he said a second thought. We were looking for a solution that night. Anything is acceptable. I did as the man said and immediately the dust of the drug touched down his throat, the hiccup seized.

It was already, 1:55 a.m. I allowed him to rest on the cushion in the sitting room and he slept off. There was no sleep in my eyes anymore. So, I put on the Tv and watched over him till 6 a.m. The hiccup didn’t occur but we drove to the hospital.

We reported the case and he was treated as an emergency. When it was his turn to be seen, he was asked to open his mouth. Lo and behold, he had a sore in his throat, a perforation. He was admitted for 24 hours with bouts of Antibiotic injections.

Hiccuping and When To See The Doctor


Remember what we told you, some hiccups are course for worry. When it becomes consistent and refuses to go then it is time to see see the doctor.


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