Treating motion sickness in children

May 14, 2016

Children, especially those between 3 to 12 years of age, are more prone to motion sickness than others. When the brain receives contradictory information from the eyes, ears, and nerves in the extremities, it triggers motion sickness. Symptoms mainly include queasy feeling, headache and vomiting. If your child tends to be sea sick, car sick or air sick, s/he is suffering from motion sickness that can spoil his/her journey which would have otherwise been interesting and fun. Apart from prescription drugs, there are some proven travelling tips, home remedies and natural treatments that can help stop or control the nausea and distress.

Here are a few things that you should know about treating motion sickness in children.

Travelling tips

  • Children with an empty or full stomach are more susceptible to motion sickness. Ideally, they should have light snacks before travelling.
  • Certain travel games involve looking outside, thus keeping the child’s mind occupied. Chorus singing may also help.
  • Keep the inner temperature of the car at a comfortable level. Consider that the backside of a car may have a different temperature than the front side, depending on the make and model of the car.
  • Take short breaks as soon as your child starts showing symptoms of motion sickness. It can settle him/her down to complete the journey.
  • A less bumpy ride keeps motion sickness If you’re taking a flight, try to have the child’s seat over the wing. Front seat is ideal for children in car and the deck of a boat is the best place for the child to be.
  • Being hungry or dehydrated may lead to headaches and feelings of nausea. Bring along adequate amount of healthy snacks and water.
  • Let the fresh air enter inside the car whenever possible.
  • Make frequent stops. Usually, children susceptible to motion sickness can only travel for a couple of hours before starting to show the symptoms. So, it’s better to stopover before they reach that point.

Home remedies

  • As soon as the child starts feeling unwell, have him/her close the eyes.
  • If motion sickness continues, have the child lie down and put some cool cloth over his/her head.
  • Deep breathing significantly helps in getting quick relief from motion sickness.

Natural treatments

  • Sea-bands and other variants of acupressure bands are low-risk and inexpensive treatments for motion sickness.
  • Scents like lavender or mint are believed to be efficient as anti-nausea agents. So, try them to see if they work for your child.
  • According to researches, ginger has the potential for treating motion sickness It works by decelerating the muscle wall movements of the stomach. Consult with your pediatrician for the appropriate dose for your child.

Final Words

Identifying the symptoms of motion sickness is of utmost importance for treating it. Educate your child about the symptoms and encourage him/her to inform you immediately whenever they start.

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