I’ve experienced motion sickness ever since I can remember. Something about the bumps and jarring, the lull and the winding of roads upsets my equilibrium and my stomach. I try to tell myself that it’s just “in my head,” but nausea doesn’t want to listen. Although I don’t always experience motion sickness on trips, I know the “triggers” that are most likely to set it off…an empty stomach, reading in the car, windy or roll-y roads, and long daytime car rides. I’m much better off if I have a full (but not too full) stomach and if we’re driving on “straight shot” freeways at night.
My daughter hasn’t experienced motion sickness (as far as I can tell) and I hope she never does. I’d like to spare her that misery – especially because I can already tell that she’s going to be an adventurer. :)
If you’re little one experiences motion sickness, here are a few recommendations from the hotelfun4kids website:
- Plan your route along major highways instead of city or winding routes. This avoids the many stops and provides for a more stable ride. Less bumping and jarring may help.
- Plan activities for in the car to take the child’s mind off the travelling.
- Cover the window beside the child with curtains. This helps reduce stress on the eyes and keeps the sun off the child.
- Make sure the car is a comfortable temperature for all occupants. It may be cool up front with the air conditioning, but the back may be hot.
- Individual battery powered fans or spray bottles can cool kids down as they need and are fun too.
- Being hungry can lead to a feeling of nausea and headaches. Have plenty of healthy snacks available and lots of water. Avoid sugary or extremely salty foods – some suggestions include unsalted crackers, vegetables and dip, bananas are great for upset stomachs, fruit especially fresh apples, grapes, ginger snaps or graham crackers – ginger is often touted as a remedy for nausea and have plenty of water on hand (avoid juice if you are pretty certain to have motion sickness occur). Avoid carbonated beverages as these add to a feeling of bloating.
You might also try giving your child a Queasy Pop Kids lollipop. Available in “delicious all natural flavors” (natural cola, sour raspberry, cinnamon, sour lemon, peppermint, papaya, and green apple), the pops are drug-free, non-drowsy, and made from essential oils. Julie Davine, Vice President of Three Lollies (the company behind the product), reminded parents that the pops “should not be given to infants and that they should use extreme caution and supervision when giving a Queasy Pop to a small child due to choking hazards.”
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