10 Effective Tips To Prevent Motion Sickness In Children

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Travelling with kids for a long trip can be very stressful. They not only irritate by asking question, “Are we there yet” at every bend you take, but it is also due to motion sickness in children. If you think your child is the only one with motion sickness, then you are wrong.

But what is motion sickness? Motion sickness is very common among children than adults. Many children get sick when travelling by car. Children under the age of two do not get this problem, but it is most common between 3 to 12 yrs kids.

Strong smell in the car or bend roads can cause travel sickness. The feeling may become worse if your toddler is playing with any object or staring at something in particular. These sicknesses vanish as your child gets older.

Types Of Motion Sickness:

It can occur in any kind of motion that is unintentional. Types of motion sickness include:

1. Car Sickness: It is caused due to sensory conflict by the brain. Small bumps and sharp turns can make it worse.

2. Sea Sickness: This can be experienced after spending hours on the water. Poor visibility due to fog can trigger the symptoms more.

3. Air Sickness: This is induced while travelling on the flight. It is caused due to up and down movement of the flight. The sharp tilt, small windows and clouds blocking the view can also trigger airsickness.

The above types of sickness are caused due to movements in two different directions like up or down, back and forth at the same time. A boat ride unlikely causes more sickness that any other types.

[ Read: Air Travel With Kids ]

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Causes Of Motion Sickness:

When your kid is travelling in the car, a discrepancy occurs between the actual motion sensed by the organs and the motion which is expected to occur. The unexpected signal creates confusion in the brain, which leads to motion sickness.

Here are few things which trigger motion sickness.

  • Stuffy air
  • If your kid eats unhealthy food example like chips, or cold-drinks
  • Staring at a particular thing for a long time
  • Reading books
  • Playing mobile games

Signs And Symptoms Of Motion Sickness:

The most common signs and symptoms of motion sickness include:

  • Your baby starts yawing a lot
  • He become quiet and pale
  • Experience restlessness
  • Cold sweat
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Increase in saliva

[ Read: Tips For Traveling With Kids ]

How To Prevent Motion Sickness?

Motion sickness may be tough to stop once it starts, so it is better to prevent. Here are few tips for you to prevent your baby from suffering motion sickness.

  1. Make your toddler eat food before or during any trip. Empty stomach can make your toddler feel sick and induce motion sickness. Avoid oily food like chips or even cold-drinks. Carbohydrates and proteins are the best option you have.
  2. Interact with your child. Distract in any possible way like chatting, singing, etc.
  3. You can stop the car once in a while for your little tot to get some fresh air.
  4. Let your toddler have few sip of water. Being dehydrated can make your child feel nausea.
  5. If your child vomit despite all the efforts, give him water to drink to keep him hydrated.
  6. Keep your car temperature normal.
  7. Front seats are best for your child; avoid rear seats in the van.
  8. Avoid less brake.
  9. Keep wipes already available in your car.
  10. Peppermint candies can be helpful.

[ Read: Travel Activities For Kids ]

Motion Sickness Medicine For Kids:

For children older than 2 years, anti-nausea medicines are readily available in the drug store.

  • There are chewable tablets and liquid medicine available in case your toddler is too younger.
  • Make sure that before you give anything to your child, you ask doctor about its side effects as some motion sickness medicine for child make drowsy and cause constipation.
  • The symptoms generally disappear when the movement comes to a halt.
  • Diagnostic tests are not available for motion sickness. If the condition become worse, medical attention would be required.

What did you do to prevent motion sickness in your kid? Have any precautionary measures to share. Feel free to comment below.

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