9 ways to prevent motion sickness in your child

If junior turns green in anything that moves, we have solutions that should keep their nausea at bay.

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If car trips and travelling on a bus, boat and airplane makes your child unwell, you’ll know how miserable travel is with a vomiting kid.

Motion sickness is a common condition that afflicts some children when they travel in a car, train, airplane or boat. While the problem doesn’t seem to affect most infants and toddlers, children ages 2 to 12 seem particularly vulnerable to motion sickness.

The problem arises when your kiddo’s inner ear tells their brain that they are moving, but their eyes send signals that they are sitting still. This confuses their mind and body, which gives rise to nausea and vomiting. It starts as a feeling of uneasiness, followed by sweating and giddiness, ending in nausea and vomiting.

Your kiddo’s inner ear tells their brain that they are moving, but their eyes send signals that they are sitting still. This confuses their mind and body, which gives rise to nausea and vomiting.

Do avoid giving your child any dairy before or during the journey, which may aggravate nausea in some people. It’s best to keep them hydrated with plain water.

You’ll also need to teach your child to recognise the signs of motion sickness and inform you as soon as he or she starts to feel unwell. This will prevent mess and inconvenience. Just in case, always bring along leak-proof plastic bags, wet wipes and a change of clothing.

We list nine ways to help your child cope with motion sickness.

1. Eat carefully

Keep pre-trip meals light and non-greasy, ensure they have time to digest before travelling. If the trip is long or your tot is hungry, offer light snacks like saltine crackers along the way.

2. Put down the video game… 

… Add books, movies and colouring pages to this list. Reading, playing with electronic devices or watching movies may worsen his or her condition. Remember the theory that riding in vehicles delivers mixed signals to your tyke’s inner ear and confuses the senses? This is what triggers the dizziness and nausea of motion sickness.

3. Offer distractions

Listening to music, singing songs, playing car games or chatting may calm your child and take his or her mind off the feelings of nausea.