Car sickness is something that a lot of Americans have to deal with on a daily basis and they may not know how to handle it. So what exactly is defined as car sickness? It is when the fluid inside the canals of the ears is disturbed. This leads to conflicting motion sensor feedback from the eyes and ears to the brain and it happens while in the vehicle. It can cause the person to feel sick or even get sick while in the vehicle. The ears are able to sense the movement of the vehicle, but the eyes stay on a object within the vehicle that is not moving and this in turn – makes you feel or get sick while in the moving vehicle.
Who is Affected by This?
When it comes to car sickness, anyone is able to get it and have it for the remainder of their lives. However, toddlers and young children are more susceptible to having car sickness. This might make longer trips unbearable to go on while they are younger since they can get sick at any time during the trip to your destination and back.
Preventing it From Happening
There is nothing that is fully going to make the car sickness go away, but there are tips and tricks that can be done to ease the burden of having to go through it. You can prevent it from happening if at all possible by following these simple tips.
- Avoid the back seats as much as possible if you’re an adult. You’re more likely to get sick if you’re sitting in the back. If it is a child that has to sit in the back, make sure that they can see outside from their car seats.
- Make sure to sit forward while in the vehicle. You are more prone to getting sick if you’re facing backwards but driving forwards.
- If you’re feeling sick, open the windows and let fresh air in to make you feel a bit better.
- Don’t pack the car with strong smelling food or other items since this might upset the stomach further.
- Do not read a book if you’re easily sick while riding in the car since this can make the sickness worse.
- Consult your family doctor for any medications that you can take to ease the sickness.
- Focus on things outside of the vehicle instead of inside. This allows your eyes to see what is happening on the outside that works with what your ears are feeling. Try a game to divert childrens eyes to outside of the vehicle.
- Do not ignore the symptoms that you’re feeling. If you have to, stop and take a break to feel a bit better before moving forward. Do not try to drive faster to get you there faster.
- Accupressure bands placed on the wrists are able to work the best for some that feel sick while riding in a vehicle.
- Do not avoid eating or feeding kids prior to a trip. This is because the sickness can be worse if it is on an empty stomach. Slices of bread or crackers can help to ease the sickness, but throwing up can still occur, even if they have an empty stomach.