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How to beat ice cream headaches
Avoid extremes. Brain freezes, or ice cream headaches, occur when cold beverages or food touch a sensitive nerve cluster at the back of the roof of your mouth. With ice cream, you can reduce the risk by letting it warm until it’s stirrable—at which point it tastes better, too. And try flipping your spoon so that the ice cream touches your tongue first, not the roof of your mouth.
Use your thumb. If you do get a brain freeze, press the pad of your thumb to the roof of your mouth or just cram your tongue up there to warm the area. If you can find something warm to drink, that’ll stop the pain, too.
Cup your hands and breathe. If you’re not in a place where you’re comfortable enough to stick your thumb in your mouth, you can also direct warmth to your palate by cupping your hands over your mouth and breathing into them.