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What to do when you feel car sick

What to do when you feel car sick

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If you are a person prone to motion sickness, road trips can be hell on the stomach. And if your children are the ones having problemsyou will spend a good part of the trip wondering if really should be stopped. HHere are some tips on what to do when that wave of nausea starts rolling in.

Look at the front windshield

When I was a kid, my parents always told me to look out the window, but it always made the nausea worse. It’s much better to look through the front windshield: Tthe way you feel you move corresponds to the way you do look you move yourself. It is why car sickness is often worse in the back seat. Children shouldn’t sit in the front until they’re 13, but sometimes you can arrange the seating so that a car-sick child has the best view of the road ahead. If this is not possible, the best thing to do is to close them.

If you’re an adult prone to motion sickness, try sitting. Or, better yet, volunteer to drive.

Breathe fresh air

The cold air can help relieve some of the bad feelings that come with car sickness. Scientists don’t fully understand why, but we do when we feel nauseous, our bodies are actually trying to cool us down. That’s why we sometimes feel hot and flushed and sweaty. A cool breeze on your face can help make you more comfortable, so it might be a good time to open a window or use the air conditioner.

Look away

The symptoms of nausea are physical, but they are controlled by our brain. After all, we don’t get poisoned and we don’t have a stomach bug (well, we hope not). Listening to music can help distract us from conflicting visual and moving sensations. So is playing games—but not video games or crossword puzzles you have to look at. Now is a good time to look out the front windscreen and start a game of twenty questions or that “A my name is Alice…” rhyme – no matter how old you are.

Plan for the worst

Being sick in a car (or, worse, on public transport) is just more layers of suffering. You feel awful, but you probably won’t stop anytime soon, and what will happen if you do do throw up? If you know you (or your child) are prone to motion sickness, be sure to pack some sort of bag or container to fall into. Sometimes, just knowing it’s there is enough that you don’t need it.



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