Holiday season is travel time and especially families with children like to travel by car. You stay flexible and can take everything you need. However, many children do not enjoy driving and react with nausea and vomiting. Remedy various measures.
Travel sickness, also known as kinetosis, affects mainly children between the ages of three and twelve. The little ones get sick, they moan and complain and in the worst case they start vomiting. If home remedies fail, only the medication or other means of travel remains.
How motion sickness arises
As a rule, children are most likely to travel if they are traveling by car or plane. Seasickness is also a form of motion sickness. Symptoms that can range from mild nausea to severe vomiting are the unfamiliar and rocking movements. These bring the balance organ in the inner ear completely out of rhythm, because the eye is no longer with these movements. The brain is over stimulated and the body reacts to the contradictory signals in its typical way. While babies and the elderly over 50 years are mostly immune, younger adults and especially children are often very violent. The mystery of science is why women and girls are more frequently affected by motion sickness.
Measures for the prevention of travel sickness in children
So that the motion sickness does not even arise, you can take preventive measures. This helps especially if your child shows only mild symptoms:
The main cause of motion sickness are the contradictory signals that are delivered to the brain, so the driver is almost never bad. Talk to your child about the trip and include it in the ride. Share with, when and why you brake and warn you of turns and gradients.
Do not start right after a luscious meal, the last meal should be low in fiber and fats.
Constant chewing can prevent the symptoms. Provide your child with low-sugar and low-calorie snacks such as carrots, rice waffles, wholegrain biscuits or rusks. Chewing gum can also help.
So that the sense of balance is not overwhelmed, the child should sit in the direction of travel. Sitting in front (observe the legal regulations!) Can remedy the situation.
Children who are prone to nausea should not read on the ride or play with the Game boy, and if so, keep their heads straight ahead. A tilted head signals calmness to the brain, the driving movements convey the opposite.
Common visual and thinking games can distract you.
Sufficient fresh air, protection against gasoline and other extreme odors also often help to prevent the occurrence of motion sickness.
If you already know that your child is reacting violently, make sure you have plastic bags or other suitable tools to absorb vomit immediately.
Remedy for travel sickness
If the preventive measures remain ineffective, then you can try different medicines and home remedies. Different conditions apply to each traveler, and so it is quite different, which helps in the onset of symptoms.
Ginger tablets or ginger water as a herbal medicine.
Homeopathic remedies such as Nux Vomica or Cocculus. These should be taken regularly before and during the journey.
Acupressure at the so-called Neiguan point. This lies on the inside of the wrists about three fingers away from the wrinkle of the wrist in the direction of the elbow. To feel is the point between the two flexor tendons. The point is massaged before and during the journey at intervals of 30 minutes for about one minute per side with the middle and index fingers.
Over-the-counter drugs containing dimenhydrinate (antihistamines) as chewing gum, tablets or suppositories.
If all else fails, then you might want to change the mode of transport. If your child does not tolerate driving, it may be easier on the train or on the plane. The administration of medication should be reserved for emergencies. Prescription medications containing high-dose drugs should not be used on children.