Motion Sickness

Motion Sickness

What happens when a beautiful voyage by the sea is suddenly turned into a nauseous, disturbing predicament for your child? Your family heads off on a vacation for fun, but sudden puking and giddy feeling in your child dampens that joy! All this is due to Motion Sickness.

You often experience the symptoms of motion sickness such as nausea, stomach pain, dizziness, and restlessness while travelling long distance such as on an airplane, train, or ship. You may even experience cold sweats or feel a need to puke out. This often happens with kids when you take them through long drives while they’re in the backseat of your car with no sight of the car moving.

Causes of Motion Sickness

Motion sickness is a result of a mismatch of signals received by your brain from your eyes, inner ears, muscles, and joints. When you are seated in your vehicle in a way that its movement is not visible to you, 

the signals from your eyes (which indicate stillness) do not match those from your inner eyes (which can sense the true motion). The result is that you experience a state of motion sickness. the true motion). The result is that you experience a state of motion sickness.

Ways to Deal with Motion Sickness in Children

Kids are more vulnerable to motion sickness, making them difficult to enjoy vacations. One way to deal with this is to make them sit in a place from which they can view the continuous motion of the vehicle.

You must travel neither after having a heavy meal nor with an empty stomach. A light snack is preferable before starting off any journey. Avoid exposure to tobacco smoke or other strong odours.

Avoid reading during the journeys and try to look into the distance. Avoid standing and try to keep your head still. A shaky head can worsen the symptoms of motion sickness.

Prefer to sit facing front in your car, above the deck in a ship, and near the wing in a plane. This can greatly minimize the chances of developing motion sickness.

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