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Preventing travel sickness in the carBack

There is nothing worse than hearing the words, “mummy I feel sick” when you have just embarked on a car journey, but it is a common occurrence that many children, and adults, can suffer from.

You may or may not be aware that car sickness is caused by a conflict between your eye and your ear – your inner ears detect that the car is in motion but your eyes, which are focussed within the car, do not. As the brain receives these conflicting signals, the effect of nausea ensues.

Thankfully, help is at hand, so why not follow the Trusted Dealers’ guide below offering advice on how to keep sickness at bay in the car.

Focus on a faraway object – encourage your child to focus on a faraway object outside the car, or play games such as eye spy which get your child looking out of the window and thinking about something else.

Bring along CD books – one of the most common causes of car sickness is reading a book as your eyes will find it hard to focus on the words when the car is in motion, causing more confused signals to your brain. That’s why CD books for kids are such a great idea as they keep them amused whilst avoiding the act of reading. Hand held video games are also recommended to avoid.

Open the window – letting fresh air into the car is always a help when a child feels sick. You should also encourage the child to take small sips of water.

Eat regular snacks – a child who is travelling on an empty stomach is far more likely to get car sick, so if sickness does occur, offer your child a bland snack such as a cracker to nibble on. Avoid offering them greasy or hard to digest food, plus strong smelling food which might make the sickness worse.

Make frequent stops – make sure that you factor plenty of stops into your trip which allow children enough time to regularly stretch their legs, go to the toilet and benefit from some fresh air. You’ll be amazed at the difference a fifteen minute break can make towards easing a child’s car sickness.

Be prepared – if you know that your child suffers from car sickness then it is well worth investing in some medication prior to your journey. Over the counter medicines are available to help combat car sickness but it’s always best to seek medical advice from a professional before you buy anything. You can also purchase several types of wristband which provide relief from car sickness through applying pressure onto certain points of a child’s wrist.


Posted by Leana Kell on 26/03/2012