Hiccups are involuntary contractions of the diaphragm — the muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen and plays an important role in breathing.
Hiccups may occur individually, or they may occur in bouts. The rhythm of the hiccup, or the time between hiccups, tends to be relatively constant.
Below are some tips for dealing with a bout of hiccups that you can do on your own. All of these are ideas recommended by the NHS (UK) and CDC: If the hiccups are caused by an underlying condition, treating that condition may help get rid of them.