Many conditions are associated with hiccups, but none has been shown to be the cause of hiccups.
- If you eat too fast, you can swallow air along with your food and end up with a case of the hiccups.
- Any other practices that might irritate the diaphragm such as eating too much (especially fatty foods) [oliebollen, zoutjes] or drinking too much (drunk people hiccup) [ik was niet dronken, alleen wat aangeschoten...] can make you prone to having hiccups.
- In these instances, your stomach, which sits underneath and adjacent to the diaphragm, is distended or stretched. Because they occur in relation to eating and drinking, hiccups are sometimes thought to be a reflex to protect you from choking.
Hiccups can be described as brief, irritable spasms of your diaphragm that can occur for a few seconds or minutes [maak daar maar een uur of drie van...]