Home remedies for motion sickness in infants

Motion sickness is a horrible condition in anyone and when it is an infant who suffers from this then things become even more complicated. When an infant suffers from motion sickness he is unable to articulate his discomfort. This can make travel very stressful for the parents and other people. Also, if the child throws up due to the motion sickness as this can quite ruin a trip. For this reason it is necessary to take some basic precautions to ensure that your infant does not react violently to the motion of the vehicle that you are traveling in. However, you should keep in mind the limitations of motion sickness remedies where an infant is concerned. There are drugs available that can actually help control the nausea that is an integral part of motion sickness. However none of these can be administered to an infant.

The first thing you should ensure is that your child travels on an empty stomach as far as possible. When the infant has eaten the chances of motion sickness kicking in are far more likely. Therefore keep your baby hungry. Ideally, the best time to travel would be when the baby is fast asleep since he will not be likely to react so violently to the motion of the vehicle this way. If this is not possible, then you should simply give your child very little food to eat. Avoid milk and milk products, chocolates, cheese or any other fatty food.

If you are traveling by car, then you should ensure that your child travels in the front seat. The person sitting in the seat in the front is less likely to feel all the bumps. Another very basic precaution is ensuring that the baby gets enough fresh air. Very often nausea or motion sickness is triggered by smells. Ironically these could be anything- the smell of his jacket or the smell from the heated car seats. Although you can't get rid of the smells, what you can do is to blow them out of the car by opening the window. The fresh air will make your child feel better. If there is any smell that is particularly strong you can help your child avoid it by holding a handkerchief to his nose. Try to keep your child busy looking out of the window. It is believed that looking at something that is stationary helps overcome the feelings of sickness.

answered by G M

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