How to Deal with Motion Sickness and Kids

Having a child who has a problem with motion sickness can put a damper on families who like to travel. It’s stressful, it’s messy and your child isn’t enjoying something that should be fun for him. Read on for tips on how you can prevent and prepare for motion sickness in kids. Tips on Preventing Motion Sickness

  • Talk to your child’s doctor or your pharmacist to recommend an over-the-counter medication for motion sickness. Often, these work so well you do not need to employ other methods. But many of these medications cause drowsiness puts a damper on shorter trips.
  • Try acupressure sea bands. It is my humble opinion, as a longtime sufferer of motion sickness, that these are the best inventions since sliced bread.
  • Eat lightly before the trip, avoiding acidic foods. You don’t want your child to have an empty stomach, but you also don’t want to over fill him.
  • Be sure your child is facing the same direction he is traveling.
  • Activities in the car that do not involve reading tend to work as a distraction for kids on short trips.
  • If you are traveling in a car, open the window to allow fresh air to come in.
  • Mints and mint gum often relieves the nausea feelings of motion sickness in kids.

Tips on Preparing for Motion Sickness You should always be prepared for a motion sickness problem when traveling with your family. This is because things like colds and viruses can set off motion sickness in kids and adults. You just don’t know if or when it is going to happen. You are much better off when you’ve prepared for an instance of motion sickness then if you are caught off-guard.

  • You’ll need to bring some extra things with you: some plastic trash bags, a change of clothes for your child, all purpose cleaner and paper towels.
  • Having some type of mints and/or tooth cleaners with you is an added plus and will make the person who was sick feel a bit better.
  • Most of all, bring your patience and empathy. A child who has motion sickness is not trying to delay your trip. He is sick and needs your attention and hugs.
  • After a child is sick, you may want to stop at a rest stop and try an over-the-counter medication for motion sickness, which is often sold there. Give the correct dosage to your child and wait 30 minutes before starting your trip again.

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