Family vacations are normally the summer highlight for all those involved. That said, a fun trip can become not-so-fun in a matter of minutes if one family member suffers from motion sickness.
Motion sickness, or travel sickness, is a common problem that can be triggered by a rocky boat ride, a turbulent airplane or even a bumpy road trip. Essentially, it is caused by a discrepancy between the motion that is expected to occur and the actual motion sensed by the organ of balance in the inner ear.
Although it is most common in children aged 3 to 12 years, it is always good to have a few tricks up your sleeve to help ease that “sick to your stomach” feeling. Here are 5 simple tips you can use to help reduce motion sickness whether by land, air or sea:
- Stare at a fixed point in the distance. If you are travelling by car, look out the window and stare at the horizon.
- Don’t try to read or watch a movie.
- Take frequent breaks during which you can be active like taking a brief walk.
- Keep hydrated and eat something light before you travel.
- If possible, open the window to breathe in fresh air.
And if your stomach is still churning?
Try Cocculine! This homeopathic medicine relieves symptoms of motion sickness such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness and cold sweats in adults and children 2 years and older. Bonus: These non-drowsy, quick-dissolving tablets are convenient to take, since no water is needed!
This homeopathic medicine may not be right for everyone. Always read and follow the label.