School’s out for summer and many people will be heading off on holidays this July and August. Whether you are travelling by car, plane, train or boat travel sickness can rear its ugly head. We thought in this month’s blog we would give you some tips on preventing motion sickness and discuss the treatment options available at your local pharmacy.
It’s still unclear why some people get travel sickness and others don’t. Travel sickness is thought to occur when the motion your eyes see is different to the motion your inner ears sense. This causes mixed signals between your ears and your brain, which makes you feel sick and dizzy.
Children aged 2-12 years and women are more likely to suffer from travel sickness.
To Prevent Travel Sickness:
-minimise motion – sit in the front of the car or in the middle of the boat
-look straight ahead at a fixed point e.g.: the horizon
-breathe fresh air if possible – open the car window
-close your eyes, breathe slowly and focusing on your breathing
-distract children by talking, listening to music or singing songs
-break up longer journeys to get some fresh air, drink water or take a walk
-do not read, watch films or use electronic devices while travelling
-do not look at moving objects, such as passing cars or rolling waves
-do not eat heavy meals, spicy foods or drink alcohol shortly before or during travel
There are treatments available to prevent the symptoms of travel sickness developing. These usually work better if taken in advance of your travel.
-Ginger has long been used to treat nausea and travel sickness. Ginger ale, ginger biscuits and ginger sweets can be useful in the treatment of travel sickness.
-Sea Bands use acupressure as an effective drug free means to treat nausea. They are knitted elasticated wrist bands, which operate by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. They are suitable for use by children from 3 years. They have no side effects and are reusable and washable.
–Stugeron Tablets are suitable from 5 years of age. They can be sucked, chewed or swallowed. They should be taken two hours before travelling and can be repeated at 8 hourly intervals as required. They may cause drowsiness. They are suitable for most adults and children but if you are taking other medicines or have any medical condition, check with your pharmacist before taking.
-Kwells Tablets are suitable for adults and children over 10 years. Tablets may be sucked, chewed or swallowed. They can be taken 20-30 mins before the start of your journey to prevent travel sickness. They may cause drowsiness and the maximum stated dose should not be exceeded. If you are taking other medicines or have any medical condition check with your pharmacist before taking Kwells tablets.