Motion sickness or kinetosis is a condition in which a disagreement exists between visually perceived movement and the inner ear’s sense of movement. Depending on the cause of motion sickness, it can also be referred to as car sickness, seasickness, simulation sickness, airsickness, or space sickness. Plus, there are many common symptoms of motion sickness such as dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. In fact, nausea in Greek translates to English as seasickness. If the motion causing nausea isn’t resolved then, the sufferer will frequently vomit within twenty minutes; unlike ordinary sickness, vomiting with motion sickness tends not to relieve the nausea. About one third of people in society are susceptible in mild circumstances such as being on a boat in calm waters, however, nearly two thirds of people in society are susceptible to motion sickness in more severe conditions. Did you know that approximately half of the astronauts in the United States space program have suffered from space sickness? Therefore, it would seem that children who have suffered from child motion sickness don’t have to give up their dreams of becoming astronauts. Also, a child that suffers from child motion sickness may not suffer from motion sickness as an adult.
Motion sickness on the sea can result from being on the berth of a rolling boat without being able to see the horizon. Sudden jerky movements tend to worsen motion sickness. In contrast, slower smooth motions don’t tend to worsen motion sickness. A corkscrewing boat will upset more people’s stomachs and inner ears than a boat that is gliding smoothly across the oncoming waves. Moreover, looking down into one’s lap to consult a map or attempting to read a book while being a passenger in a car may also bring about motion sickness. Rest assured that many cures and preventives for motion sickness have been proposed such as looking outside the window of a moving vehicle and looking towards the horizon. This helps to re-orient the inner sense of balance by providing a visual reaffirmation of motion. In addition, sipping ginger tea or ginger ale can help with motion sickness. Therefore, child motion sickness can be cured easily.