Motion sickness — it’s horrible as an adult but what can you do for your tot?

How to help a car-sick child

No parent enjoys seeing their child in discomfort, especially if you had planned a fun day at the beach. Cars, planes, buses can all be causes of worry if your child experiences motion sickness. spoke with paeditrician Dr Low Kah Tzay for help on the matter.

Dr Low says: “Motion sickness is most common between 2 and 12 years old. Some of the children outgrow this condition. However, even some adults experience some form of motion sickness, depending on the mode of travel.”

What to expect

Your tot may be able to inform you that they feel sick, unwell, giddy or nauseous. However, the younger ones may not be able to verbalise this discomfort. They may appear very quiet or irritable. Some of them will vomit either during the trip or after the trip. Some of them may have cold sweats or loss of appetite after the trip.

What you can do

1. Carefully plan meals before the trip. Have them eat a light meal with small amount of fluid. Avoid oily, spicy food or “gassy” drinks before the journey. If your little one had some nausea or discomfort during the journey, it is best to eat some soft bland diet after the trip to avoid any indigestion or vomiting.

2. Reduce sensory input. Encourage them to look outside or sit near the window seat on the plane or bus. Do not let them read or use any smartphone or tablets during the trip or turbulent periods.

3. Distract them with music or conversations.

4. Give the child a sweet.

5. In children older than 2 years of age, you may consult the doctor for medications to standby. Medications should be taken before the trip.

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Dr Low Kah Tzay is a paediatrician at Anson International Paediatric & Child Development Clinic


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