Brain Freeze

child licking popscicle

Nothing ruins a sweet summer treat quite like brain freeze!

That intense headache that comes while eating ice cream or popsicles can stop you in your tracks. It's actually caused by quick temperature changes near those sensitive nerves in your palate. A cold treat also cools the capillaries in your sinuses, causing your blood vessels to narrow and prevent normal blood flow.

While brain freeze isn't a serious medical problem, it certainly doesn't feel good. Some quick fixes:

  1. Drink warm water.

  2. Rub your tongue along the roof of your mouth.

  3. Force warm air into your mouth by breathing into your hands as they cover your mouth and nose.