Travel sickness or motion sickness

Travel sickness affects mostly children. It can be dealt with and be prevented by using medicine and simple techniques.

Travel sickness


  • It is a problem between what your eyes are seeing and balance contolled by your inner ear.
  • Other causes include
    • Fear,
    • Rolling around in the stomach and internal organs,
    • Alcohol abuse, tobacco,
    • Tiredness and cold,
    • Bad smells.


  • Decrease of mental and physical capacity
  • Feeling faint and poor balance,
  • Paleness, cold and or hot sweats
  • Sweating and hyper-salivation,
  • Food and bile regurgitation,
  • Drowsiness,
  • Blood pressure and body temperature drops.

Prevention and treatment

  • Reduce your movements for example - on a boat or plane, choose seats in the middle where movements are weaker
  • Do not travel on an empty stomach. Have a light meal, avoiding alcohol, fat and dairy products.
  • Drink small quantities of water, soda or fruit juice,
  • Avoid strong smells: fish, meat, tobacco, fuel...
  • Do not focus on the discomfort, look out at the landscape, think of something else...
  • Avoid being too hot or cold ,
  • If travelling in the car stop every hour,
  • Make sure the surrounding sound level is soft and relaxing,
  • Avoid reading or watching television , look straight ahead above the horizon or the car in front.
  • Suck on a lemon sweet or liquorice to help avoid gastric reflux and vomiting,
  • Antihistamines are recommended, but can cause drowsiness.