Motion sickness in children is common. Whilst not all kids will suffer from motion sickness or travel sickness, it's best to be prepared.
If you children are displaying signs of travel sickness consider our hot tips for travelling in the car (or by other means of transport).
Whilst we as a family have not experienced this with our children yet, it is still fresh in our minds what travel sickness feels like, having suffered greatly as a child. Not only do you feel ill, you suffer from anxiety leading up to your trip. This can take away from the joy of your holiday.
Motion Sickness in Children: is a condition in which there is a disagreement between a person's visual and perceived movement. E.g. What your body senses is different to what your eyes see. Dizziness, fatigue and nausea are the most common symptoms of motion sickness
The best option is motion sickness prevention for children.
There are also other things you can do on your trip to ease the pain.
Break regularly, give your kids the opportunity to get out of the car, stretch their legs, visit the toilet, all of this will help them to feel normal again, even if only for a short period of time.
It's also import to carry the essential items in case an accident does occur. An empty ice-cream container is the perfect item to keep in the car, or really any container of a reasonable size. You don't want anything too big, taking up too much room.
Another thing you can do for motion sickness in children, more for comfort's sake than anything else is have a little hygiene pack, wipes, sanitary bags etc, things to help clean up little accidents, or help refresh your kids and help them to feel better.
If you're travelling to a holiday destination you are likely to have clothes on standby, however they may not be readily available if your boot is full to the brim. If you are anticipating that your kids will suffer from travel sickness pack a day bag that is easy to access and fill it with changes in clothing, face washers, wipes, a hair brush, all those things that will help your kids to feel refreshed when they have previously been feeling ill.
When planning your travel, consider which route you are going to take. It's best to stick with main roads that are straight, not windy. Even if it takes you a little longer to get to your destination, it will be worth it to avoid sick kids.
You can actually purchase medication to assist in dealing with travel sickness. However you will need to investigate this prior to your journey. Most medication's are only designed to help prevent travel sickness not fix it once it is already in motion.
You can also purchase acupressure wristbands, we recommend PSI Motion Sickness Wristbands or copper bracelets to try and prevent it, this is a great alternative for those wanting to avoid medications, of for kids who are a little reluctant to take them.
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