Motion sickness is a surprisingly common condition. Medically, it's defined as nausea from any type of motion or travel. Most people suffer during long trips on the road. It could result in mild or painful headaches, a feeling of dizziness or fatigue, and, as the name suggests, feeling sick to your stomach.
Motion sickness is the result of your body sensing a discrepancy between what you see (when travelling, the inside of a vehicle and that you're sitting still) and what you feel (your body's vestibular system, which senses balance from your inner ear, tells your brain that you're moving).
While it is impossible to prevent it at all times, the following tips can help you lower the severity of motion sickness and, maybe, even enjoy the drive.
OPEN THE WINDOW
Fresh air can help in most cases. Poorly ventilated cars with certain odours trapped inside (such as air fresheners, heavy perfumes, smoke or the smell from packed food) often make it worse. Leave the window open whenever possible. It would be great if you could remove the source of the offending odour. You could also try using a soothing odour such as lavender or mint to help you cope. If it's not possible to leave the window open, lean towards the bottom part of the window and breathe. There are usually leaks that let in fresh air.
In any case, if you do eat something, it must be at least an hour before you start. Don't eat greasy, heavy and acidic foods. Try dry toast or plain bread, or something simple like a cracker. If you're more used to Indian foods, plain roti or idli could also work. It must be easily digestable.
If it makes you feel worse, don't eat the next time, especially if it's a short journey. Your body prefers your stomach calm and empty.KEEP YOUR EYES CLOSED
|It's not clear why car sickness affects some children more than others. While the problem does not seem to affect most infants and toddlers, children between the ages of 2-12 are particularly susceptible. Children usually sit low in the back seat without being able to see out the window or often read or play games in the car. The inner ear will sense motion, but the eyes and joints won't. Just as for adults, this could result in an upset stomach, cold sweat, fatigue, dizziness, loss of appetite or vomiting. If your child feels any of these symptoms, stop the car and let him walk around for a bit. You could also make him lie on his back for a few minutes with the eyes closed. Placing a cool cloth on the forehead might help as well. Also, take care of what children eat during the journey. Keep it light and avoid dairy or any other acidic food. Ask your peadeatrician about possible medication that might help. Of course, it would be best to avoid the use of drugs.|