First with Kids: How to Cure an Ice Cream Headache

First with Kids: How to Cure an Ice Cream Headache

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THE FIRST PLACE. ♪ DR. FIRST: PARENTS HAVE BEEN ASKING ME SOME PAINFUL QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO WHEN THEIR CHILD GETS A HEADACHE, USUALLY IN THERE FOREHEAD AFTER EATING ICE CREAM. LET ME PROVIDE THE INFORMATION ON THIS TOPIC. ICE CREAM HEADACHES, LET’S JUST CALL THEM THAT OR A BRAIN FREEZE, NOT LIKE BEING IN THE ARCTIC, IS BUT WHEN SOMETHING COLD, LIKE ICE CREAM, TOUCHES THE ROOF OF YOUR MOUTH, ALTHOUGH OTHER COLD THINGS, LIKE A BEVERAGE, CAN ALSO TRIGGER HEADACHES. WHILE THE MECHANISM IS NOT CLEAR, ONE THOUGHT IS THAT THERE IS A RAPID SWELLING OF BLOOD VESSELS TO BRING WARMER BLOOD FLOW TO THE HEAD THAT CAUSES THE HEAD TO HURT. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, THOSE PRONE TO MIGRAINE HAVE MORE ICE CREAM HEADACHES. ICE CREAM HEADACHE LAST ONLY A MINUTE OR TWO W, NEVER LONGER THAN FIVE MINUTES, AND THEY ARE NEVER DANGEROUS, BUT THEY CAN BE UNCOMFORTABLE. SO WHAT CAN YOU DO? ONE THING IS TO TELL YOUR CHILD TO THE ICE CREAM MORE SLOWLY, REDUCE HOW FAST THEY EAT IT, OR TO WARM IT UP IN THE FRONT OF THE MOUTH. SOME TELL ME THEY SIMPLY THERE’S SOME — THEIR THUMB IN THE MOUTH, BECAUSE SUCKING CAN RELIEVE THE PAIN. IF THE HEADACHE LASTS LONGER THAN A FEW MINUTES AND IS ASSOCIATED WITH FEVER AND VOMITING AND IS NOT LINKED TO EATING SOMETHING COLD, TAKE YOUR CHILD TO A SPECIAL, BECAUSE THESE ARE NOT LIKELY TO BE SIMPLE ICE CREAM HEADACHES. HOPEFULLY, THESE TIPS WILL HELP

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