Simple Steps to Fend off Car Sickness
There is nothing that can make a long road trip more arduous than car sickness, especially in the case of young children. Car sickness, which is a form of motion sickness is the outcome of our brain getting conflicting messages about our state of motion from our eyes, our inner ears, and the nerves in our hands and legs.
This is why it is not advisable for children to read or play video games while traveling in a vehicle. Yes, endless questions about where we are going and how long it would take to get there can be annoying and their favorite book or video game would be useful to keep them quiet so that the driver could focus on the road. Nevertheless, when they read or play video games, these are activities that are done when you are normally at rest and the children would be focusing on the book or the video game. They would not be looking out of the window. Hence, their inner ears would sense the motion of the vehicle but their eyes and their joints would not. This conflict in the messages that the brain receives from different parts of the body can lead to fatigue, nausea, sweating, loss of appetite, and cold sweats.
Scientists do not know why some children are more likely than others to experience motion sickness. Surprisingly, infants and toddlers do not experience car sickness, while those who are between 2 and 12 years of age are highly vulnerable when it comes to motion sickness.
Here are a few handy tips to fend off car sickness: