13 year old Mallory Kievman spent two years studying folk remedies and clinical trials aimed at curing the hiccups before developing an apple cider vinegar and sugar lollipop that apparently does the trick.
The vinegar helps to over-stimulate the nerves in the throat that are involved in the hiccupping reflex, and helps them relax the reflex. The sugar — often featured in a folk cures — actually does have a proven effect. Kievman came across clinical trials from the 70s that showed using sugar on the back of the tongue stopped sporadic hiccups in 18 of 20 patients.
Kievman’s invention recently won an award for innovation at patentability at the Connecticut Invention Convention for kids and has a patent pending. She is also working with a team of University of Connecticut MBA students to market the product this summer.