Taking your little one on a road trip for the first time and scared she will be uncomfortable? Fret not. Here are some important suggestions to avoid car sickness in your baby
By Shashwathi Sandeep
“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance” – Franklin P Adams, columnist.
For new parents, the arrival of a baby is exciting as well as exasperating, and once in a while, it cannot be less than a nightmare. They are still learning to handle their little bundle of joy. The best weapon for new parents is patience. One of the best examples of that is when they are travelling with their babies. Sometimes, infants and toddlers tend to get travel sickness as they are still new to the idea of fast movement for a long period of time.
“During situations like travelling in hilly areas or with too much of turns, the inner ear gets stimulated due to the difference in signals from visual inputs and what your body feels, and this leads to motion sickness,” explains Dr Yogesh Kumar Gupta, Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist, Fortis Hospital, Bengaluru.
Elaborating further on this, Dr Walia Murshida Huda, Senior Medical Officer, Healthians, says, “Assuming a child is reading, colouring or playing with a toy while travelling, his eyes are still focused on the object whereas the rest of the body is sensing motion. The message that the eyes are sending to the brain is opposite to what the rest of the body is sending, hence causing sickness or a feeling of nausea or unsettled stomach. Excitement or stress can worsen the symptoms.”
So, is there a permanent solution to this problem? “It’s a benign issue, and with age, it gradually disappears,” says Dr Gupta.
All said and done, the advice of experienced parents can always help. Here are a couple of parents sharing tips on how to get through this ordeal with ease:
“Give them some fresh fruits or fruit juice; they will feel a little energetic. Let them sleep if they need to; we parents get excited when we are travelling with our kids for the first time and don’t want them to miss out on anything, but for them, it might be a bit confusing. Don’t give them heavy food. Always carry some of their favourite toys.” - Shilpa Bedekar
“My baby had the same problem for quite some time. I used to give her medication as prescribed by my paediatrician, but only occasionally. Other than that, I used to give her saunf (fennel seeds), lemon and so on, and after a while, her travel sickness just went away.” - Shilpi Gautam
Yes, it is a lot of hard work, and yes, it requires a lot of patience. But, that one smile on your baby’s face when she hears the rustle of the leaves, feels the wind from the hills blow on her face or listens to the sounds of the ocean, all for the first time – makes it all worth it!
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