Treating Motion Sickness In Kids And Teens

Motion sickness is caused when you are sitting or standing still and everything else appears to be moving. It is common in children and adults. There are several treatments and medicines for the occurrences. Most kids and teens will suffer from it while either riding on a boat or traveling in a car. The brain gets conflicting signals from the eyes and ears, and motion sickness results.
Motion sickness occurs when the inner ear and the eyes don't agree on what is going on in the child's surroundings. The vehicle your child is in whether car, plane, train, or boat will appear to be still while everything else is passing your child by. This confuses the child's brain and nausea ensues. In fact, the first ailment they usually complain of is nausea. There are several different kinds of motion sickness. These include airsickness, space sickness, simulation sickness, and seasickness.

Air sickness is when you are on a flight and get sick on the plane. The best bet is to move toward the middle of the plane and find a seat. Looking out the window will not help, but make you even sicker. Space sickness is what the astronauts suffer from during spaceflights. In fact, it has been said that sixty percent of all astronauts get motion sickness on their first flight. Simulation sickness is usually caused by playing video or computer games. For example, if your child has some roller coaster software and designs their own roller coaster, they are going to want to try it out. So watching their creations on the screen can make them sick because of the motions involved. Seasickness can usually be seen while riding a boat or ship. The best thing to do is to go up to the highest floor and look out over the horizon. This helps the brain interpret its signals more easily from both the eyes and the ears.

Movement and the way your brain and other organs interpret that motion is what causes motion sickness. Your eyes tell you what is happening around you, but they can be fooled. A good example of this is looking at optical illusions. Sometimes the eyes don't know how to interpret the information that is right in front of them. So be mindful of this. Your inner ears detect motion around you. There are some rings in the inner ear that hold fluid that tell the brain in what direction you are whether you are upside down or sideways or upside right.

Signs and symptoms of motion sickness include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, pale or sweaty. No appetite is a big one. Be sure to make plenty of stops when traveling, if possible, to head off motion sickness before it becomes a problem. But, just in case, always have a plastic bag ready.

Treatments vary between patients. Some people use medicine to control their nausea and vomiting. Taking plenty of rest breaks will alleviate some of the problems. Let the kids get out and run around some and get some fresh air. Fresh air is another great idea. Don't smoke or have strong smelling foods in the car. If you do, make sure the windows are down. Driving like a maniac will not help the issue either. Fast braking and hairpin turns can really upset the person riding with you, so be cognizant of how they are doing in the passenger seat. Oftentimes, sitting in the rear seat will cause problems. This is especially true of the buddy seat in the very back of the old station wagons. It faced the rear and you would travel looking out the back window. Eating a light meal before starting out is always advised. Kids that eat heavy, greasy, or fried foods will get ill from motion sickness. If the kids do get sick, offer a few saltines to help settle the stomach. Ginger works as an anti-emetic and may also help settle the stomach.

There are also some alternative health suggestions that may help. Some of these medicines can be used for nausea and dizziness. Some are for different types of motion – up or down. Most of these can be used alone or with other preparations. Be sure to consult a physician first.
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