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Going On A Road Trip? Here's How You Can Help Your Child Cope With Motion Sickness


by Jane Robertson

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Going on a road trip is an American tradition that continues to flourish, and this year, it is estimated that the average American family will spend about 23 hours on the road during their travel period. While having frequent snack and bathroom breaks and hearing, "Are we there yet?" are to be expected, one thing that can put a damper on all the fun is motion sickness. 1 in 3 people are vulnerable to motion sickness, and it is more common in children than in adults. If your child often experiences sea or car sickness, preventative measures and natural cures can be the key to a happier and more enjoyable trip. Here's how you can help your child cope with motion sickness while you're on the road.

Travel at night

Harvard-affiliated specialist, Dr. Steven Rauch, says that those who have had traumatic brain injuries or those who have regular migraines are more prone to experiencing motion sickness than others. But even if your child is coping with these conditions, there are ways that you can help prevent them from getting nauseous during your travel. One way to do that is to start your trip once it gets dark. If time is not an issue and you and your partner don't have any problems driving at night, then leaving your home by early evening can help to prevent motion sickness, as a nighttime drive may lull your child to sleep. The same rule can be applied if you're going on a cruise ship. If you can book a cruise that starts late in the afternoon, that may give your child some time to adjust to being on the water before they turn in for the night. Doing so may help to quell sea sickness, and it can result in a more comfortable trip for your little one.

Pay attention to what your child eats

Some foods can trigger motion sickness, so be extra careful, and pay attention to what your child eats before and during the trip. Spicy or greasy foods can cause nausea while on the road, so skip the burgers, fries and tacos. Have lots of bland crackers on hand to stop hunger pangs, and take some fruit with you for a healthy road trip snack. You may also want to ban carbonated soda during this time, as it can trigger motion sickness among children. Water is the best beverage if your child is prone to queasiness, but encourage him or her to take small sips during your trip. Letting your child eat ginger or mint candies may also help them to feel better if they're feeling nauseous.

Skip the gadgets and books

Reading, watching a movie, or playing a mobile game can make your child dizzy while in the car, so encourage them to look at the scenery instead. Listening to an audio book or their favorite music can help to distract them without causing queasiness, so make sure to bring a few CDs or download some of their favorites on your phone before leaving your home.

If your child gets carsick, pull over as soon as you can so your child can have some time to recover and breathe in some fresh air. You may also want to talk to your doctor about medications that your child can take before leaving for your road trip. Try these tips to help your little one cope with motion sickness and have fun on your holiday.

This article was written by Jane Robertson who is a freelance writer. We thank her for her work.