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• You can help prevent motion sickness by avoiding certain foods, using a cold compress, focusing on objects or landmarks outside the car, and taking frequent breaks.
• Medication can be used for children who frequently get motion sickness.
While not lethal, motion sickness can make it feel like you are dying. Motion sickness happens when your brain gets confused about whether you are moving or not. Your brain uses your eyes, inner ears, muscles, and joints to tell if your body is moving. They system works great unless your brain receives mixed signals. For example, when you are in the car your eyes may think you are not moving, but your inner ears sense motion.
Luckily there are some tricks that can help take the queasiness out of your next car trip.
1. Watch what you eat. Foods like grains and fruits can help settle stomachs, but rich or spicy foods can make things worse. Ginger root can also help calm your stomach.
2. A cold compress on the back of your neck can do wonders. Many people also find opening a window helps.
3. Try to focus on objects out in the distance. Avoid reading, watching DVDs, or playing video games in the car
4. Take frequent breaks out in the fresh air and avoid making any sudden stops or starts. Take corners gently.
5. If all else fails, try medication. Children over two years old and under six years old can use Benadryl. If your child is older than six, you can also try Dramamine or Bonine. Talk with your doctor for recommendations and dosage.
For more information:
Drive away your child’s car sickness symptoms (USA Weekend)
Motion Sickness (National Institutes of Health)