Hiccups in Babies and Children The term for hiccups comes from Latin. It means sobbing while catching your breath. Hiccups occur due to an involuntary spasm of the muscles that help us to breath, including the diaphragm (the large muscle that divides the chest from the abdomen) and the muscles around the ribs.
The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Children Hiccups Given that uncertainty, it's not surprising that the scientific community has yielded no surefire hiccup cure. But everybody has a suggestion, and many of them work, at least some of the time. The medical experts modestly admit, though, that your grandmother's cure may be as good or better than theirs. But the following recommendations can be added to your own list of family favorites.