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You want to take a trip with Santorini car rental  but every time you think about how to deal with the nausea in the car, these annoying dizziness and the tendency to vomit. The truth is that it is annoying but there are ways to control it.

Car travel has its own grace. You are in your space, you put on your music if you are not the driver you can even eat a book (better not because you will be stunned). How will you deal with the nausea in the car that spoils your whole festive and happy mood?

There are people who, regardless of whether the distance they travel is an hour or 8 hours by car, immediately feel dizzy when they are on the move. And that’s really annoying. Dizziness in the car is more common in children, pregnant women and people who have a tendency to migraines .

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms are many and of course, they are unpleasant. You can experience one of them, maybe all together.

The symptoms are:

Serious symptoms include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • pallor
  • sweating
  • drooling
  • short breath
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness

Other common signs are:

  • sweating
  • a general feeling of discomfort
  • not feeling well (malaise)

Mild symptoms are categorized as:

  • headache
  • mild unease
  • yawning

It doesn’t matter if the road is turning or not, as this is a situation that people experience when they get in the car and are on the move. The good news is that there is a way to control it.

 Diagnosis

Most cases of motion sickness are mild and self-treatable. Very severe cases, and those that become progressively worse, deserve the attention and care of a physician with special skill in diseases of the ear, balance (equilibrium), and nervous system.

To help diagnose motion sickness, a doctor will ask about symptoms and find out what usually causes the problem (such as riding in a boat, flying in a plane, or driving in a car). Laboratory tests are generally not necessary to diagnose motion sickness.

How do you deal with nausea in the car?

There are several things you can do to prevent it, such as taking a pill, such as Dramamine. Apart from the pill, however, there are some other ways to deal with it.

Looking at the horizon

One common suggestion is to simply look out of the window of the moving vehicle and to gaze toward the horizon in the direction of travel. This helps to re-orient the inner sense of balance by providing a visual reaffirmation of motion.

Keeping eyes closed and napping

In the night, or a ship without windows, it is helpful to simply close one’s eyes, or if possible, take a nap. This resolves the input conflict between the eyes and the inner ear.

Chewing

A simple method for relieving common and mild car sickness is chewing. Chewing gum has uncanny effectiveness for reducing car sickness in those affected. 

Chewing gum, however, is not the only thing one may chew to relieve mild effects of car sickness, snacking on sweets, or just chewing, in general, seems to reduce adverse effects of the conflict between vision and balance.

Fresh air

Fresh, cool air can also relieve motion sickness slightly, although it is likely this is related to avoiding foul odours, which can worsen nausea.

Ginger

Ginger has been found to reduce motion sickness. This is available in tablet form, or a fresh stem of ginger can be chewed to relieve symptoms. There is some debate over whether it is the chewing or the ginger that helps. 

Acupressure

An acupressure practitioner works with the same points used in acupuncture, but stimulates these healing sites with finger pressure, rather than inserting fine needles. Some studies suggest that acupressure may help reduce symptoms of motion sickness in the same way as acupuncture, although the evidence is not clear.

Prevention

Here are some important tips for preventing motion sickness:

  • Always sit in a position so that the eyes can see the same motion that the body and inner ear feels.
  • In a car, sit in the front seat and look at the distant scenery.
  • On a boat, go up on the deck and watch the motion of the horizon.
  • In an aeroplane, sit by the window and look outside. Also, in a plane, choose a seat over the wings where the motion is minimized.
  • Do not read while travelling if experiencing motion sickness, and do not sit in a seat facing backwards.
  • Do not watch or talk to another traveller who is having motion sickness.
  • Avoid strong odours and spicy or greasy foods immediately before and during travel.

Medical research has not yet investigated the effectiveness of popular folk remedies such as “soda crackers and 7 Up,” “cola syrup over ice,” or ginger products.

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What you can do with child nausea

The window, or an older child reading  book, or playing on his cell phone in the car as it moves. The child’s inner ear will feel the movement, but his eyes and joints will not “confirm” it. The result can be stomach upset, cold sweats, fatigue, loss of appetite and a tendency to vomit.

It is not clear why nausea in the car affects some children more than others. Although the problem does not seem to affect most babies and toddlers, children aged 2-12 are particularly sensitive.

What can you do to prevent childhood nausea in the car?

  • Reduce sensory information: Encourage your child to look outside the car instead of focusing on books, toys, or cell phones. If your child falls asleep on the trip, then he will have less nausea.
  • Prepare meals carefully BEFORE the trip: Do not give your child spicy, or fatty foods, or generally a large meal just before or during a car trip. If travel time is short, skip meals altogether. If the trip is long, or if your child needs to eat, give him a small, “soft snack” such as crackers and a little juice BEFORE you leave.
  • Good ventilation: Adequate ventilation in the passenger compartment can prevent nausea in the car. Try to keep the air clean from odours.
  • Distract him: If your child is prone to nausea in the car, try to distract him during the trip by talking to him, listening to music with him and singing together.
  • Use medication (always on the advice of a paediatrician) : If your child is older than 2 years and you are planning a long car trip, ask your child’s doctor about a prescription drug to prevent nausea. Dramamine and diphenhydramine are common options. Carefully read the product label to determine the correct dose and be prepared for possible side effects, such as drowsiness.

Generally

If your child starts to feel nauseous in the car, stop as soon as possible and let him go out and walk. He can also lie on his back for a few minutes with his eyes closed. Put a cool cloth on his forehead if needed. If these tips don’t seem to help, call your child’s doctor about other options.

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