Those dreaded words are hurled from the backseat: “Mommy! My Tummy Hurts!”
Your child calls out for an emergency stop. Before you can find a place to pull over, you try to imagine what could be the matte with your child. You run down a list of questions to ask as your vehicle cruises down the street:
Do you have to poop?
Do you have to burp?
Would you like some fresh air?
When was the last time you had a sip of water?
Do you have to throw up?
Remembering you let your child watch their tablet to entice them to get in the car seat without a fuss, you glance in the rearview mirror and gently advice them to put the tablet down and look out the window. Half a minute goes by, your child’s tummy feels better, and disaster is averted… for now.
But what happens if your go-to technique to quell the car sick feeling doesn’t work? No fear, here are a few tips to help with being car sick (for your child or anyone else.)
Tips To Help With Motion Sickness:
Look Out The Window – staring at the horizon helps quite a bit in settling the senses. Though, if your child is too small to see the horizon out of the window, have them pick a cloud or other distant object to focus on.
Crack A Window – who doesn’t like a little fresh air when feeling “off”? Sometimes the caress of fresh air can settle the mind and body putting the stomach and dizzy feeling at ease.
Chew Some Natural Gum – use natural gum so there are no toxic chemicals to make matters worse. The chewing action helps resolve the conflict between vision and balance which causes car sickness in the first place.
Drink Ginger Water – ginger is great at settling the stomach and acts quickly. I know what you’re thinking: “who carries around ginger water?” If you have a Filipino mother-in-law like I do, you’d be surprised.
Living in the desert, you should probably carry drinking water with you at all times anyway. To make a tasty, sugar-free ginger drink simply cut a knob off some fresh ginger (it doesn’t take much) and toss it in your water bottle. The flavor will infuse throughout the day. To expedite the infusion you can simply boil water with ginger, reduce it down to concentrate the flavor, then use the concentrate to flavor water in the future. Voila! Sugar-free ginger water. No water, no worries. Just carry some ginger drops with you for easy, quick relief.
Apply Pressure – one of my favorite techniques to heal the body is through acupressure. Acupressure* is the practice of applying a small amount of pressure, usually with your fingers to various trigger points on the body. The trigger point you’re looking for to help with car sickness (or general nausea) is on your inner forearm: the P6 (short for Pericardium 6 and also referred to as Nei Guan). P6 is known for its ability to relieve nausea, upset stomach, motion sickness, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headaches. You can find the P6 about three finger widths below the wrist and in between the two tendons. Use your finger or thumb to apply pressure in a circular motion for 30 seconds to a couple minutes. There should be no pain or discomfort when doing this procedure. Several different types of wristbands are available to help too.
Get Professional Help – if, however, your attempts to prevent motion sickness are unsuccessful, leaving your child’s car seat and your vehicle reeking of motion sickness memories you’d like to forget, you can always hire a professional company to do the dirty work. Besides, who wants to deal with and handle all that vomit anyway?
*Acupressure Points mentioned above are for information purpose only. You must have proper knowledge of Acupressure Technique and Amount of Pressure. It is advisable to consult an Acupressure Expert before trying Acupressure on yourself or any other person.
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