My youngest daughter had hiccups twice this week. On Friday morning she requested, “what are hiccups?” Thankfully, I knew the reply. Sadly, I did not have a good way of explaining involuntary muscle contractions to a three-year-old. I did my greatest and advised her that it is a part of her physique’s approach of rising and getting stronger (hey, you strive explaining it to a toddler). If she was just a little older, I might need turned to the TED-Ed lesson, Why Do We Hiccup?
Why Do We Hiccup? explains what causes hiccups and why hiccups are extra frequent in kids than in adults. The video additionally dives into try to clarify why people hiccup however different completely air-breathing animals do not.
Debra Vandyke is an associate editor for Wahu Times, focused on viral/trending stories. Before joining News Reporters, her print and digital work appeared in Vice, NPR the Gauntlet and many others. She has a master of journalism from the Texas A&M. She is based in NYC, and can be reached via her email or our contact form.