Dr Karl – What causes Hiccups?

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Dr Karl - What causes Hiccups?


  Last updated January 16, 2020 at 11:26 am


With an answer that ranges from your favourite organ to drinking your own pee, Dr Karl tackles the question “What causes hiccups?”

They’re the annoying spasm that seems to always happen at the worst moment. But have you ever wondered why hiccups happen?  According to the legend Dr Karl, it’s a hangover from the very start of our life. When we were born we went from floating in amniotic fluid to suddenly needing to breathe air.

MORE: In Class With… Dr Karl

Dr Karl joined host Olivia Henry for In Class With… where he tackled questions about anything and everything from school students from right around Australia.

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In association with National Science Week, and Adelaide Botanic High School.

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