What is motion sickness?
Motion sickness (seasickness, car sickness) is a general sense of not feeling well, nausea, vomiting, headache, and sweating that is caused by repeated motion. It develops when the inner ear, the eyes, and other areas of the body that detect motion send conflicting messages to the brain. Any type of transportation can cause motion sickness.
Children are more susceptible to motion sickness than adults. About half of children between the ages of 4 and 10 experience dizziness and nausea when travelling by car, airplane or boat. Girls tend to be more susceptible than boys.
What are the symptoms of motion sickness?
The most common signs and symptoms of motion sickness include:
- Increased salivation
- Pale skin
Tips to prevent motion sickness
If your child suffers from motion sickness here are some tips for preventing the nausea and dizziness:
- Have something for the child to do in the car that won`t make him nauseous. Don`t let him read while traveling.
- Overeating often triggers motion sickness. Avoid heavy, spicy and fat-rich foods during the trip.
- Stay away from strong food smells.
- Avoid smoking in the car when your child is with you.
- Give him dry crackers.
- Try to choose a seat where the child will experience the least motion. In a car ask him to look at the distant scenery.On a boat, go up with the child on the deck and watch the motion of the horizon. In an airplane, sit over the wings, by the window and look outside.
Treatment for motion sickness
The best way to treat motion sickness is to stop the motion. If you can’t stop the motion, the child should sit or lie down in an area with the least motion.
Homeopathic treatment for motion sickness
Homeopathy provides a safe, effective and fast acting treatment for motion sickness. It can be used to prevent and treat dizziness, nausea and vomiting and will help you enjoy your trip.
Homeopathic medicines are a safe treatment for your children with no side effects. Children adore the sweet homeopathic pellets.
The most useful homeopathic medicines are listed below:
- Borax helps people with seasickness and airsickness. Dizziness and nausea are due to downward motion, such as during the landing of an airplane or roller coaster.
- Cocculus indicus - The person feels extreme weakness and dizziness. Watching moving objects worsens nausea and headache. Staying in a warm car or room relieves the symptoms.
- Ipeca - Constant nausea with vomiting that does not bring any relief. Mouth full of saliva, clean tongue and lack of thirst in spite of frequent vomiting.
- Nux vomica works best for impatient and irritable individuals with nausea and vomiting that brings relief. Nausea and dizziness worsen after eating. The child has no motion sickness if sitting on the front seat.
- Petroleum - Dizziness, nausea, vomiting and headache. Eating, closing eyes and warmth relieve the symptoms.
- Tabacum is indicated for people with motion sickness who have a pale face and a mouth full of saliva. They have severe nausea and palpitations. Breathing cold, fresh air and closing their eyes alleviate the symptoms.
How to take the homeopathic medicine:
Homeopathic medicines are FDA-regulated. They can be purchased in different strengths, or potencies over the counter. The 30C potency is most commonly used. Depending on the severity of the motion sickness symptoms, place a few pellets (3 to 5) under the tongue to dissolve. Take the medicine every hour. Increase the dosage interval as symptoms improve.
If your child has experienced motion sickness in the past, give him twice the medicine the day before travel.