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A Very Special Thank You to Mrs. Thiessen’s 3/4 Grade Class!  This Wonder Video is Awesome! 

The class in the video said that, 100% did get a brain freeze. 84% of the class has gotten a brain freeze before. 11/13 had a forehead brain freeze. 5/9 had a neck freeze. Mrs. Thiessen got a chest freeze. Some people got a jaw freeze.

 Students also created their own Wonder of the Day which can be viewed on Kidblog:


As you eat and drink, food touches your palate (the roof of your mouth). The palate contains sensitive nerves that control blood flow to the head.

When something very cold comes in contact with the palate, these nerves blast a message to the brain, which causes blood vessels in the head to swell up suddenly. This rapid swelling of blood vessels causes your head to throb and is a sign you’ve just eaten your way to an ice cream headache!

Though some people call this phenomenon “brain freeze,” nothing is actually happening to the brain. The sudden headache sensation you experience is simply the swelling of blood vessels in the head.

These headaches aren’t dangerous. They’re just a pain. It may feel like an eternity, but most ice cream headaches last only a minute or so and then go away quickly.

Though ice cream is the notorious offender when it comes to brain freeze, it isn’t the only food that can induce a headache. Almost anything cold can become a culprit, including frozen slushees, popsicles and even cold water or juice.

Of course, the best way to enjoy a dessert is pain-free! Doctors advise eating cold foods slowly to avoid brain freeze. Others suggest warming foods up in the front of your mouth before swallowing.

If you feel a brain freeze coming on, take a break and allow your palate to warm up. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to dig back in.


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    • That sounds like an interesting way to make ice cream headaches go away, Rachael! We bet it works great because your thumb is warm compared to the cold temperature of the roof of your mouth after you’ve eaten chilly ice cream! Thanks for sharing this great comment with us today! :-)

    • He he, it made us chuckle, too, Katie! Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned today! We’ll see you soon, Wonder Friend! :)

  1. Hello Wonderopolis,

    I loved this video & the information given; however I would have liked to see the scientific name for ‘brain freeze': sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia included also.

    Thanks, Mrs. Montgomery

    • Thank you for sharing the scientific name for ‘brain freeze’ with us, Mrs. Montgomery. We value and appreciate your input.

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