ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Preventing motion sickness in children

Updated on August 25, 2010
motion sickness
motion sickness

If your kids are frequently having motion sickness, trying simple tips can be helpful in preventing it. Before getting in to how to prevent motion sickness in children, let's start with what motion sickness is. Motion sickness is a condition where there is discrepancy between the visual inputs and vestibular inputs into the brain leading to a sense of imbalance which ultimately produces symptoms like dizziness, nausea and vomiting. It can occur in any means of travel, car, bus, air, or sea sickness. Children are more prone to motion sickness. It is most often distressing for both child and parents.

Two common groups of drugs used in motion sickness are:

  1. Anticholinergics: Hyoscine, Dicyclomine. They can be used to prevent motion sickness but are suitable for short journeys owing to their short duration of action.
  2. Antihistaminics: Promethazine, cinnarizine. They afford protection of motion sickness for 4-6 hours but they are less efficient and has serious adverse reactions,like hallucinations, agitations and breathing difficulties. So, they should not be used in children less than 2 years of age and should be used with caution in older children.

While using drugs to prevent motion sickness, following points should be noted:

  • Preventing symptoms from occurring is more effective than trying to treat them after onset because motion sickness reduces gastric motility and thus slows the drug absorption.
  • Anti-motion sickness drugs should not be used as sedatives for air travel because sedation plus low oxygen tension in air travel can be potentially dangerous for some children.

Well drugs have their own side effects and contraindications. It's wise to consult your doctor before using these drugs in children. Non pharmacological preventive measures have been shown to be effective in motion sickness. So, before switching on to drugs, it's better we use simple non pharmacological tips for motion sickness.

Simple non pharmacological ways to prevent motion sickness:

  • Help child focus attention elsewhere, out of the window, on the horizon where practical
  • Do not encourage reading or focusing on games while traveling. Closing eyes or taking nap is better idea.
  • Avoid unnecessary head movements: Use pillows or head rest
  • A light snack before traveling is good idea. Avoid large, greasy meals
  • Chewing gum during travel can be beneficial.
  • Keep the child calm: Motion sickness is more likely to occur if there is anticipation about one.
  • Have the child recline as much as possible
  • If traveling by car, seat child near the front of the vehicle,i.e., middle rather than third row in a larger vehicle
  • If flying, sit over the plane wing- the ride tends to be less bumpy.
  • Fresh cool air can help prevent nausea.
  • Ginger, owing to its antimetic properties, can be used as prevention of motion sickness.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)