Preventing Motion Sickness from Disrupting Your Trip
No matter your age, you may have to deal with motion sickness. It can occur at odd times – for example, airplanes and boats may cause it, but cars and other vehicles don’t – or it affects you all of the time. My oldest daughter falls into the latter category. Everything that moved made her queasy: cars, trains, planes, boats, you name it. Thankfully, I’ve discovered a few methods of preventing motion sickness that actually worked!
What Causes Motion Sickness
Motion sickness is characterized by dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. An issue with the inner ear - the part of your body that regulates your balance, causes it, although it’s not a physical abnormality. In some people, your inner ears sense that you’re moving, even though you are sitting still. Here’s an example: you are sitting in a car. Your body is still, but it’s moving, since the car is moving. Your inner ear picks up on the external movements, throwing your system out of whack. This is motion sickness. You can substitute just about any type of vehicle for the car in this example.
Preventing Motion Sickness in Kids
There are several ways to help your kids with their motion sickness, including a medication that I’ve had some luck with: Dramamine Motion Sickness Relief for Kids. I just give my daughter a recommended dose of it around 45 minutes to a half hour before we get in the car or on a plane, and it keeps her motion sickness at bay.
Also, distractions, like developmental apps played on a tablet, ginger lollipops (ginger has been known to prevent nausea), and helping her to relax – not tense up, thinking that she’ll get sick at any moment – have worked as well.
Preventing Motion Sickness in Adults
Some of the methods for kids also work for adults. One of these is Dramamine. There are adult-sized doses of this medication that work wonders. Ginger tablets, ginger ale, and just about anything with ginger (yes, including those lollipops for kids) can help as well.
Other methods involve adjusting where you sit. There some sections of the airplane that experience less motion. These are the front, near the wings, and any seat with a window, where you can actually see the motion that you’re experiencing. The same is true for any vehicle – sit in the front, next to a window, or, if you’re on a boat, near the bow.
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