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Motion Sickness (cont.)

Home Treatment

The following tips may help you avoid motion sickness when you travel:

  • When you fly, request a seat near the wings. When you travel on a ship, try to book a cabin near the middle of the vessel and near the waterline.
  • Move your head as little as possible. Try to keep your head still by resting it on a headrest. Head movement can increase motion sickness.
  • When you're on a boat, try to get fresh air. When you're on the deck, look at a fixed point on the horizon.
  • When you travel by car, avoid reading or watching TV or videos.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or eating a heavy meal before travel.
  • Do not eat or drink during short trips.
  • During an extended flight, eat small meals of foods that are easy to digest before and during a flight to help reduce nausea and vomiting.
  • Try to avoid strong odors and spicy foods.

If you do have symptoms of motion sickness, the following may help:

  • Eat a few dry soda crackers.
  • Sip on clear, carbonated drinks such as ginger ale.
  • Get some fresh air.
  • Lie down or at least keep your head still.

Other Places To Get Help

Organizations

HealthyChildren.org
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Phone: (847) 434-4000
Web Address: www.healthychildren.org

This American Academy of Pediatrics website has information for parents about childhood issues, from before the child is born to young adulthood. You'll find information on child growth and development, immunizations, safety, health issues, behavior, and much more.


American Academy of Otolaryngology
1650 Diagonal Road
Alexandria, VA 22314-2857
Phone: (703) 836-4444
Web Address: www.entnet.org

The American Academy of Otolaryngology is a society of doctors who treat ear, nose, and throat conditions. The organization provides information on a variety of ailments, including dizziness and motion sickness, allergies, and sinus problems.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Travelers' Health
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
Phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)
TDD: 1-888-232-6348
Email: cdcinfo@cdc.gov
Web Address: wwwn.cdc.gov/travel

The CDC's Travelers' Health Web site provides health information for the traveler. The Web site provides information on immunizations that are needed for travel to various areas of the world. It also provides information for safe travel, including traveling with children and with people who have special needs. Information about current outbreaks of disease in the world is also provided. The CDC is the leading federal agency for protecting U.S. citizens' health and safety by providing credible health information and health promotion.


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