Friday, November 5, 2010

motion sickness


Have to face it and the same time really worried bout our lil princess. Event occurred when she rides the car. First time occur when back to Batu Kurau for Hari Raya in last September... at that time she not feeling well due to fever. I thought it just for a while...

But every time when she ride the car for a long trip or long-time in the car even her tummy full of food or empty. She will pukes... not only one or two times. Sometimes we off the air-conditioner and open a window let the fresh air in. I also use balm apply on her tummy to reduce nausea. Minyak cap kapak and strawberry balm must have in our car plus empty plastic beg, clean towel & wet wipes.

So I search on net to find solution and to prevent the motion sickness. Find some articles about this motion sickness... I don't think to give any drug to Alesha... will overcome with others solution.

Why does my preschooler get sick when she rides in the car?

Motion sickness happens more to some kids than others, maybe because they're more sensitive to the brain's response to motion. Motion sickness can also strike during a boat, train, or plane ride — especially if it's the first time or the motion is dramatic, like turbulent air or rough water — or even while your child is playing on a swing set.

Motion sickness is most common in children ages 2 to 12 years. The good news is that it usually gets better as a child gets older.

What causes motion sickness?

The problem begins when your child's brain receives different messages from the parts of her body that sense motion — like the eyes, inner ears, nerves, and joints. For example, if she's looking at a game or a book while in a moving car, her eyes are sending a signal to her brain that she's still. But other parts of her body can feel that she's in motion, so they send the opposite message. The conflicting signals cause her to feel nauseated.

The same thing can happen on a plane during turbulence or inside a boat riding the ocean swells. Stress and excitement can make the symptoms worse, too.
What can I do to help alleviate my child's motion sickness?

Be patient with your child, who is quite a bit more miserable than you are — even if you're upset at having to deal with her motion sickness. And try these tips:

• Be alert to the early signs of motion sickness — queasiness, a cold sweat, fatigue, and loss of appetite generally occur before a child starts vomiting. Once you see the writing on the wall, stop the activity if possible. Pull off the road for a short break if you're driving or encourage your child to look out the window of the plane if she's been reading during the flight. If you can stop, have her lie down and place a cool cloth on her forehead. Her symptoms will subside quickly, within 15 minutes at the most.

• If you're in a car, have your preschooler look ahead at a spot on the horizon. An object in the distance will give visual input that you're moving relative to that point, and that will help resolve some of the mixed messages that are being sent to the brain.

• Provide some cool air. Let the fan or air conditioner blow lightly on your child, or crack the window for a breeze. On a boat, take her out on deck.

• For a smoother ride, have your preschooler sit in the middle row of car seats rather than in the rear; the forward cars of trains; the upper deck of a boat, toward the middle; and by the wings of a plane. Have her face forward and make sure that she's high enough in her seat that she can look out the window whenever possible.

• Distract her. Motion sickness can sometimes be a state of mind, so try singing or chatting together. Or play a game that focuses your child's attention outside the car, like spotting colors or animals. Don't have her look at books or play with puzzles or any visually intensive games, though, because these will increase her disorientation.

• Provide a light snack before the trip. Eating may sound counterintuitive, but hunger can sometimes exacerbate nausea.

• If she takes naps, try to schedule the trip during her naptime, since she's much less likely to become sick to her stomach if she's asleep during the motion.

• Keep activity to a minimum. Walking around the aisles or jumping up and down will only make matters worse. Try to keep your child as calm as you can, with her head as motionless as possible.

If your child winds up vomiting despite your best efforts, make sure that you replenish her liquids to avoid dehydration.

Are there any drugs I can give my child before a long trip to prevent her from getting queasy?

For children 2 years old and older, antinausea medications are available over the counter. Some are available in chewable tablet and liquid form. But ask the doctor before you give one to your preschooler, as side effects can include drowsiness or excitability, dry mouth, constipation, and blurred vision.

For insurance, tuck a durable plastic bag in your tote along with wipes or a damp cloth.
Any idea to help Alesha reduce mabuk naik kereta... kenapa la dah 2 tahun baru nak mabuk... ingatkan kalau dah biasa naik kereta tak la mabuk. Hehe ikut ayah ek masa kecik dulu.


2 comments:

iswatie "colours of life" said...

alah..x ada idea lah....but yg pasti bibik kami pun mabuk kalu naik keter esp kau travel jauh

Cujie said...

watie,

our bibik pun... bukan takat jauh baru naik kete lima minit dia dah mabuk kepayang. kena makan ubat... kat umah mesti ada je stok ubat mabuk dia tuh...