Remedies for Motion Sickness

Motion SicknessWhile it’s far to say most people enjoy travel, there are those whose enjoyment is cut short because of motion sickness. Car trips, train rides, amusement park rides, and more can cause someone to feel extremely ill. Motion sickness in some individuals can be triggered just by walking!  Although a train trip or boat ride might sound really fun to someone, if they suffer from transportation sickness they may refrain from tagging along.

Luckily, most cases of motion sickness are not untreatable. According to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motion sickness can begin with queasy feelings and cold sweats and develop into dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. These symptoms often develop because what the eyes sense and tell the brain doesn’t match the information the ears sense and tell the brain. The CDC suggests sitting in the front seat if possible and staring off into the distance.

Another article by HowStuffWorks suggests some common home remedies for motion sickness. These include:

  • Crackers
  • Ginger
  • Foods low in fat
  • Peppermints
  • Tea and other hot beverages low in caffeine
  • Ice
  • Apple Juice
The article also says to avoid standing, face forward, and minimize head movements. If you’re on a train, put down a book or any distractions and look in the distance. In addition, try to stay calm. In extreme cases, over the counter medications such as antihistamines might help. It is important to read the side effects of all medications and consult a doctor prior to taking it if there are any concerns.

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