How to Prevent Motion Sickness?


Motion sickness occurs when the brain receives conflicting signals from the motion-sensing parts of the body: the inner ears, the eyes, and nerves in the extremities. Under usual circumstances, all three areas respond to any motion. When the signals they receive and send are inconsistent—for example, if you watch rapid motion on a movie screen, your eyes sense the motion, but your inner ear and joints do not—the brain receives conflicting signals and activates a response that can make you sick. The same thing can happen when a child is sitting so low in the backseat of a car that she cannot see outside. Her inner ear senses the motion, but her eyes and joints do not.

Motion sickness usually starts with a vague feeling of stomach upset (queasiness), a cold sweat, fatigue, and loss of appetite. This usually progresses to vomiting. A young child may not be able to describe queasiness but will demonstrate it by becoming pale and restless, yawning, and crying. Later she will lose interest in food (even her favorite ones), and even vomit. This response can be affected by previous car trips that made her sick, but it usually improves over time.

Motion sickness occurs most often on a first boat or plane ride, or when the motion is very intense, such as that caused by rough water or turbulent air. Stress and excitement also can start this problem or make it worse.

Motion Sickness and Kids

33% of all kids 2-12 suffer from motion sickness. SicknessGlasses is the only leading brand to have developed a solution formulated specifically for children two years and older, not only preventing nausea, dizziness, vomiting and queasiness but also treating symptoms on the spot. Here are some tips.

  • Stay steady. If your child is prone to motion sickness or if she unexpectedly begins to feel queasy during a trip, tell him or her to look out at the horizon and focus on a non-moving object. An older child might feel better sitting in the front seat, too.
  • Get fresh air. Sit outdoors with your child (on a boat) or open a window (in a car or bus) when possible. The fresh air helps distract from those oogly-booglies.
  • Bring a bucket. The last thing a parent wants to hear from a child is, “I’m gonna be sick!” This is why one of the most important items to pack when traveling with children is a bag or bucket. Be sure to keep it close at hand, too. It won’t do you any good buried beneath a pile of suitcases in the trunk.
  • Get spicy. Ginger is a spice renowned for its ability to soothe an upset tummy. Pack a few ginger-infused, low-sugar candies in your daypack as a sweet distraction for your little one during your journey.
  • Use distraction. Take your child’s mind off the motion sickness by playing music (on headphones on a plane). Anything that requires too much thinking, like playing a game or reading books, probably will just make things worse.
  • Pack protein. Avoid giving your child too many sugary treats, which can make them shaky. Don’t overeat either. Instead, stick to small, protein-packed snacks like a handful of nuts, a protein bar, or peanut-butter crackers.

Can motion sickness be prevented or avoided?

If you know you get motion sickness when traveling, plan ahead. These steps can prevent it or relieve the symptoms:

  • Take EyesOnBoard Glasses with you on the car ride, plane or cruise ship.

  • Choose the right seat.The front passenger seat is best in the car. Choose the midpoint on a boat. Sit over the wing on a plane. Face forward on a train. Sit near a window on a train. These seats have fewer bumps. They allow you to see the horizon. If you are on a cruise, book a cabin in the front or middle of the ship. Request a room that is closest to the water level.

  • Get plenty of air. Use the air conditioner or roll down the window in a car. Direct the vent toward you on a plane. Sit near a window when you’re on a covered boat.

  • Avoid things you can’t change. For example, don’t ride on a speed boat. Waves and bumps can make you sick. If you can’t avoid it, take medicine in advance.

  • Avoid a heavy meal before or during travel. Eat small portions of plain food instead. Don’t eat greasy, spicy, or acidic foods before or during travel.

  • Drink lots of water. Avoid alcohol.

  • Avoid smells that make you sick (if you can). This includes cigarette smoke.