Don’t let motion sickness keep you from new activities
Jan 05, 2014 09:30AM
By Katie Anderson
Motion sickness is very common. A simple swell of the sea, a bounce in the car, or the sway of a ride at the amusement park can make anyone’s stomach turn upside down.
Cause of Motion SicknessMotion sickness occurs when the inner ear, eyes, and nerves in the extremities, which detect motion, send conflicting messages to the brain. One part of your body may sense that you are moving while another part does not see the motion. This leads to a disagreement between the senses and can result in motion sickness. Signs of motion sickness may include:
- Pale appearance
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Complaints of feeling hot, although not warm to touch
Preventing and Treating Motion SicknessBoys Town Pediatrics has several tips on how to prevent motion sickness:
- Provide a very light snack before the activity.
- Avoid strong smelling odors.
- Wear layered clothing and adjust as needed.
- Drink plenty of water and ensure the body is hydrated.
- Make frequent stops.
- Do not sit facing backward from the direction of travel.
- Focus attention on listening to the radio and talking.
- Open vent for a source of fresh air.
- Avoid reading or games that cause constant focus.