Travelling with a youngster who suffers from travel sickness can be a nightmare if you don’t know how best to deal with the problem.
Travelling with a youngster who suffers from travel sickness can be a nightmare if you don’t know how best to deal with the problem. It can also be incredibly stressful for a young child and it could discourage your child from wanting to travel anywhere at all which of course isn’t possible.
Here are a few tips on travel sickness…
- Occupy your child- Reading isn’t recommended when travelling if your child suffers with travel sickness or using their tablet. If the must use technology stick to watching films. Talk to your child and play games that encourage looking out the window and looking for things like eye spy. If you have other kids, ask them to help and play with their sibling in the car or sing songs to distract your youngster with feelings of nausea.
- Visit the chemist- If your child suffers a lot from travel sickness you can always visit your chemist and ask them for some advice. There are some over the counters treatments and there are also natural alternatives to treat travel sickness like ginger which is meant to be great as it slows the muscles in the stomach.
- Let them have a little snack before travelling- You would be wrong in thinking that if your child doesn’t eat prior to travelling that they will not vomit or have nausea as in fact this can worsen the problem. A light non-greasy snack is vital to give your kiddie energy.
- Let them get some air during travel if possible- This isn’t possible when travelling by plane but for car trips you can certainly pull over every now and again and let your child get some air. If they are feeling particularly ill, you could let your youngster lie down for a few minutes and have some cold cloths at hand to place on their forehead which will cool them down and therefore should let the queasiness pass quickly.
- Have a bag ready and be prepared- You should have bags ready at hand but equally you shouldn’t make it obvious to your child as taking their mind off it is vital to avoiding travel sickness. Look for the signs that your child may vomit and then place the bag close to them and some tissues. Never leave the house without bags, tissues, water, face wipes and a change of clothes just in case.
- Let them suck on a lolly or their dummy- It isn’t the healthiest of options but a lot of youngsters are distracted by sucking and therefore don’t feel ill at all. For younger kids their dummy is adequate and for the older ones a lolly can be a short term fix to get you through.
- Don’t stress out- If you stress out your child will inevitably stress out too so leave the stress and don’t let it bother you too much. Sure, travel sickness is horrible but it isn’t the end of the world and children usually feel fine soon after they have gotten sick with no long term lasting effects.
Written by Emma Hayes, staff writer with Family Friendly HQ