13-Year-Old Girl Invents Lollipops That Cure Hiccups

Hiccups, we all get them from time to time, and the most annoying thing about them is they are so darn hard to get rid of. But 13-year-old Mallory Kievman seems to have finally found a cure to this irritating problem – a hiccup-stopping lollipop called the Hiccupop.

Mallory’s quest to find a real cure for hiccups started during the summer of 2010. She had tried to cure her uncontrollable hiccups by swallowing saltwater, making herself gag, eating a spoonful of sugar, drinking a glass of water upside-down or sipping pickle juice. None of those seemed to work on their own, but the ambitious young girl was determined to find a real cure for the annoying problem man has been facing since the beginning of time. Fast forward two years and almost 100 folk remedies tried, Mallory Kievman has reached her goal and is starting a company to commercialize and promote her magic product – Hiccupops.

Believe it or not, the stubborn inventor created the special hiccup-stopper right in her family’s kitchen, in Manchester, Connecticut. After a lengthy process of trial and error, Mallory decided to incorporate her three favorite cures – lollipops, apple cider vinegar and sugar – into one killer combo she named Hiccupops. “It triggers a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc. It basically over-stimulates those nerves and cancels out the message to hiccup,” the 13-year-old says.

But Mallory didn’t just rest on her laurels after inventing Hiccupops, she went on to present her product to the world, and during a convention for kids, she met Danny Briere, a serial entrepreneur and founder of Startup Connecticut. She knew that people would immediately fall in love with Hiccupops or just think she was nuts. Lucky for her, and everyone who hates hiccups, Briere loved her idea and decided to help this young girl launch her own company. “It’s very rare, when you’re evaluating businesses, that you can envision a company or product being around 100 years from now. Hiccupops is one of those things. It solves a very simple, basic need”, Briere said about Mallory’s invention, and it’s hard to disagree with him on this one.

Now, Mallory Kievman will have her own team of consultants, as the University of Connecticut’s Innovation Accelerator is preparing to dispatch a group of graduate business students to help the 13-year-old inventor launch Hiccupops, this summer. Mallory hopes her hiccup-stopping lollipop will become a staple of school nurses’ offices and drugstores, and that it will even bring serious benefit to people suffering from cancer, as it is known that chemotherapy causes hiccups. Now that she’s managed to find a formula that hardens well and is stable for shelf storage, Mallory is focusing on tweaking the taste of her Hiccupops.

via The New York Times


Feedback (9 Comments)

  • The Monster Posted on May 11, 2012

    Any time I have hiccups, I can easily make them stop. I swallow some air, then make myself burp. The burp kills the hiccups instantly.

  • Person Posted on May 12, 2012

    It’s a neat idea, but I’m not sure how well it’s going to sell. To be honest, all I need to do when I have hiccups is take a big glass of water and drink it all without stopping. Also, my friend once solved my hiccups by simply startling me 2 seconds after I announced I had them. Do we really need a business for this?

  • Bobb Posted on May 16, 2012

    Just inhale a large breath, pinch your lips tightly, and blow out slowly against the pressure until your lungs are completely empty.
    Works every time.

    ps. mispelling in the article . . . 4th paragraph 2nd sentence
    “She new that…” s/b “She knew that…”

  • Francesca Posted on May 17, 2012

    I suffer from chronic hiccups, I’ve had them for about 5 years now and I get a couple hiccups an hour. More if I’m nervous or anxious. I think this product would be wonderful for someone like me

  • Jon Posted on May 20, 2012

    I think it will sell great — I used to skip school just because of a case of the hiccups. They just wouldn’t stop!

  • Chance Posted on May 23, 2012

    This is crazy,find a cure for cancer

  • Chuck Ray Posted on May 27, 2012

    There is already a product out there that stops hiccups every time. I should know, I invented it. It is called Hicural and it is available now and selling on cvs.com and drugstore.com. Go to http://www.hicural.com to learn more.

  • Cathy Posted on June 4, 2012

    I don’t agree with people when they say “just do this, just do that”. When I have it (very often), it’s very difficult to stop, it’s long and at the end (I can have it for hours) I’m super tired and I have stomach pain and cramps. And very often back pain either. People are laughing about it but it’s not funny at all. If someone like this intelligent teenager or Chuck here above have a solution, I’m very interested ! but i’m not in US… Any idea ? – Cathy from Belgium…

  • Spanky Posted on June 4, 2012

    Well done to Mallory, glad she’s getting recognition for getting off her bum and trying to solve a problem, as well as having the perseverance to get a result… Let’s celebrate her initiative 🙂