- 19 of the 30 patients reported that the headaches went away entirely
- 7 of the 30 patients reported a decrease in frequency and intensity of headaches
The researcher concluded that gum chewing causes an overuse of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) resulting in headaches.
Now, this is a very small study but interesting. I happen to be a gum chewer and never experience headaches from it. But, I only chew gum for short periods of time several times per day. In addition, when I have recommended gum chewing for children on a sensory diet or to improve focus, I have never had reports of headaches.
Just some information to keep in the back of your mind after you recommend gum chewing for a child on a sensory diet. Perhaps inform the parents that headaches may be a side effect of excessive gum chewing.
How about you? Do you find that children occasionally get headaches from chewing gum?
Reference: American Friends of Tel Aviv University (2013, December 19). Chewing gum is often culprit for migraine headaches in teens. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 20, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2013/12/131219130937.htm