How to beat Travel Sickness

Hi all,

I remember as a child suffering alot from travel sickness. It was a complete pain and I always dreaded long drives. With this in mind I have put together some tips for beating Travel Sickness.

In a car

  • If the child is old enough they should sit in the front of the car where they can get a clear view of the road.
  • Young children should be put in the back seat where they can see the road.
  • Try to get children to avoid looking down into their lap.
  • Reading or games that encourage concentrating downwards should be left until the journey is over.
  • Singing along to music or playing games that encourage looking ahead helps prevent problems.
  • Make sure the car is well ventilated, too.
  • Ask the driver to take bends gently, to not accelerate and slow down repeatedly, and to stop for regular stretches (at least once an hour) throughout the trip.

In the air

  • Ask for a seat over the wing, where the plane is most stable.
  • Tilt your seat back, rest your head on the headrest, and close your eyes.
  • Music helps some people relax and takes the mind off feeling unwell
  • Some people know they’re going to be sick whatever they do. If this is the case, ask for a seat near the toilets.

Prevention and Treatment

As well as the advice above, the following can help to reduce the chance of travel sickness:

  • Avoiding heavy meals and alcohol before travelling.
  • Keeping still with eyes closed.
  • Anti-sickness medicines from the pharmacist. These should be taken before travel according to the instructions so they have time to be absorbed by the body.
  • Ginger or peppermint remedies. Ginger can be taken as a biscuit, tea or in crystallised form, while peppermint can be sucked as a sweet or taken as a tea.
  • Acupressure. This can be applied using a wristband or by pressing your finger against the middle of the inner wrist about three finger widths above the crease where the wrist joins the hand.

Do you have any further tips that could help our readers?



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