Are their little brains freezing and they just don't know how to say so? Oh the humanity!
July 5, 2009 3:14 PM Subscribe
Do toddlers get brain freeze (sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia or "ice-cream headache" or "cold stimulus headache" ... not a sudden absence of rational thought)? Or do they simply not show it?
posted by scblackman to Food & Drink (16 answers total)
I was indulging in the Philadelphia summer tradition of eating water ice on a hot day with my 2 year old daughter. It took about 4 bites before I had the usual pain of "brain freeze". My daughter, however, powered through hers without so much as a wince or moment's hesitation. It got me thinking ... I know that children get brain freeze (there have been studies conducted in middle-school students). But what about toddlers? Is brain freeze age-dependent?
I am asking, of course, for anecdotal evidence. I've looked at the medical literature and can't find anything clear. But I figured that if enough toddler-watchers on AskMe might contribute their observations, I could come up with a rough estimation. Feel free to do the experiment and report the results.