Most adults find travelling to be fun but it may not be the same case with your baby. Most children aged between 2 to 12 years of age experience motion sickness. For some children, it is far much worse than others. The reason why your baby could be more sensitive to motion sickness is due to sensitivity of the brain’s response towards motion.
I know it breaks your heart to see your baby quite uncomfortable as you travel. But do you want to learn more about baby and motion sickness so that you can save your baby from such problems? This is the right article for you. In the end you will know how to prevent your baby from having motion sickness and how to deal with it if it happens.
Causes of Motion Sickness.
Motion sickness kicks in when your baby’s brain receives a message from her body parts which sense motion. This message is quite different from the normal state of rest of the body. The body parts which sense motion are such as: nerves, eyes, joints and inner eyes.
An example of a situation that causes your baby to feel motion sickness is when she is travelling by plane and turbulence occurs. It could also happen when your baby is enjoying a boat riding session and the ocean swells. The situation could get worse if she is stressed out or extremely excited.
Signs to Look Out For in a Motion Sick Baby
- You may observe extreme dribbling in your baby since nausea causes an increase in production of saliva.
- Your baby may look rather pale and feel hot.
- A sudden tummy ache which causes your baby to be quite uncomfortable and upset. Tummy aches occur at the initial stages of motion sickness.
How to Help Your Baby to Stop Feeling Miserable during the Journey
- Carefully plan for your baby’s meals prior to the trip
Before you set out on a trip, you ought to feed your baby especially if the trip will be long. For a short distance travel, skipping the meal entirely is the best option. Do not feed your baby on greasy or spicy foods or a large meal before you travel. If your baby has to eat, feed her on a small drink or a small bland snack before you set off.
You can breastfeed your baby or give her breast milk from a breast milk storage bag. You can also employ the services of a baby bottle warmer to perfectly keep your breast milk warm. This will make it convenient for you to feed your baby before the trip starts.
- Seek medication
If you intend to have a long trip, it is recommended that you consult your child’s doctor on medication that you can access over the counter to help in preventing motion sickness. For a child of two years and above, Dimenhydrinate will work effectively. Benadryl will prevent symptoms of motion sickness for children who are six years and above.
These medications work effectively when taken approximately an hour before travelling. Before you administer any medication to your child, ensure that you read the label to know the right dosage for your baby.
By reading the label, you will know the side effects your baby is likely to experience and how to deal with them.
- Schedule trips at baby’s nap time
Appropriate scheduling of your trip at a time when your baby takes her naps works in preventing motion sickness. It is certain that she will not feel motion sick while asleep. For a child who is past napping time, encourage her to take a nap while travelling especially at times when she is tired.
- Get a motion sickness bracelet for your child
A motion sickness bracelet is believed to stop nausea which leads to motion sickness. It works by building up acupressure points on your child’s wrist. There is no scientific evidence to support the fact. Telling your child that the bracelet helps in keeping her from discomfort might as well work wonders.
- Keep your child’s mind occupied
At times, motion sickness is just but a state of the mind. Engage your child in activities that will keep her distracted. You two can either sing or chat throughout your journey. Allowing your child to play with toys or read a book disorients her hence making her more vulnerable to motion sickness.
- Instruct your child to look ahead while in a car
If traveling by car, instruct your child to look ahead at the horizon. Looking at the point at the horizon will aid in resolving mixed messages being directed to her brain. This works by making your child have a visual perspective that your movement is relative to the specific point.
- Enhance proper ventilation
Ventilation enhances free flow of fresh and cool air. If you are traveling by car, have the air conditioner or fan on to slightly blow on your child. You can also open the window slightly to allow the free flow of air. If you are on a voyage, take your child on the deck for a breeze.
- Keep your child calm
While travelling, help your child to remain as calm as possible. This means that the extent of her activeness will be minimal with the head maintaining a high level of motionlessness.
Babies are quite vulnerable especially to situations that upset them or cause them to be upset and restless. I hope that the tips regarding baby and motion sickness that I have listed will be of help to you while preventing your baby from experiencing motion sickness.
In case none of them works, it is important that you consult your baby’s pediatrician. You should ask him whether there are other options available to prevent your child from motion sickness.
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