Motion & Travel Sickness
What is Motion or Travel Sickness?
Motion or Travel sickness happens when the body, the inner ear, and the eyes send conflicting signals to the brain. These mixed messages can cause nausea, dizziness, cold sweats and vomiting.
Children between the ages of 2-12 years are more likely to suffer from travel sickness.
The most common signs and symptoms of motion sickness include:
- Pale skin
- Cold sweats
- Increased salivation
Some ways to help combat travel sickness…
- Eat before your trip - Motion sickness is common on an empty stomach, so eat a light meal or snack well before travelling
- Eat during your trip – small and bland snacks are best e.g. crackers, bread
- Avoid spicy, greasy or fatty foods
- Drink plenty of water
- Carbonated sodas e.g. ginger ale can help with nausea
- Look outside the car and focus on still objects or a distant point
- Do not read while travelling. This is a real no-no for travel sickness
- Keep the window open a little, to allow fresh air to circulate
- Make frequent stops, if possible with a short walk for some fresh air
Natural products that may assist with Travel or Motion sickness…
Ginger is a traditional remedy for nausea, and some studies show it may help with motion sickness. We have ginger remedies available in the following forms Ginger Capsules, in a Ginger and Kawakawa Tonic, as well as Ginger Root. Ginger Syrup can be mixed with water before the trip and sipped on throughout. We also have Ginger Calm Tea, which can also be made before the trip and when cold, transferred to a sipper bottle to consumption while travelling.
If you suffer from anxiety when flying then Calmnurse formula or Avena Comp may help you. There is also a homeopathic remedy called Jet Lag Relief to help you with the symptoms of Jet Lag should you be crossing time zones while travelling. We have excellent reports from people who have used this, about how effective it is.
There is also Kids Calm liquid, which is just chamomile liquid, so it is very soothing for the stomach. Other herbal relaxants that can help include Gaiakids Calm Restore Herbal Drops, and the Gaiakids Tummy Tonic
As a child, we travelled a lot in the car, heading to our holiday destination. To help prevent car sickness us four kids (and mum and dad) all played Eye Spy. I still remember how entertaining and effective this game was, even if I had started to feel car sick already. Another game we played was to see who could find specific things, like cows, sheep, street signs, letter boxes, red cars, trucks, huge trees etc and be the first to count up to a certain amount (usually 100, but it all depended on how long the trip was). Playing games like this together in the car certainly is a great distraction and an excellent way to help pass the time.