How to minimise motion sickness
Motion sickness is feeling sick when you travel by car, boat, plane or train. There are things you can do to prevent it or relieve the symptoms.
Motion sickness is caused by repeated movements when travelling, like going over bumps in a car or moving up and down in a boat.
The inner ear sends different signals to your brain from those your eyes are seeing. These confusing messages cause you to feel unwell.
Minimise motion by sitting in the front of a car or in the middle of a boat, look straight ahead at a fixed point, such as the horizon, breathe fresh air if possible (for example, by opening a car window) and/or close your eyes and breathe slowly while focusing on your breathing.
Distract children by talking, listening to music or singing songs. Break up long journeys to get some fresh air, drink water or take a walk. Try ginger, which you can take as a tablet, biscuit or tea.
Don’t read, watch films or use electronic devices, don’t look at moving objects, such as passing cars or rolling waves, don’t eat heavy meals, spicy foods or drink alcohol shortly before or during travel and certainly avoid fairground rides if they make you feel unwell!
A pharmacist can help with motion sickness. You can buy medication from pharmacies to prevent motion sickness, including tablets (dissolvable tablets are available for children), patches which can be used by adults and children over ten or try acupressure bands although these don’t work for everyone.
Your pharmacist will be able to recommend the best treatment for you or your child.