Motion Sickness Prevention

Motion sickness is an unpleasant sensation of nausea and dizziness that is brought on by movement. Rides in cars, planes, boats, and amusement park rides are common triggers of motion sickness. Motion sickness is often worsened by riding in the back seat of the car or reading while riding in a vehicle.

Symptoms of motion sickness can become quite severe rapidly. In addition to nausea, you may also experience:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Pale skin
  • Cold sweats
  • Irritability

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If you know you are going to be traveling, try the following strategies to prevent or decrease motion sickness:

  • Seat selection. Make sure you can see out the window, face forward, and are in a seat that avoids bumps.
  • Get plenty of air by using the air conditions or rolling down a window.
  • Don’t read while riding.
  • Lie down if you feel sick.
  • Look out the window at a distant object if you feel sick.
  • Avoid heavy or greasy meals while traveling.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid smells that make you sick, including cigarettes.
  • Try acupressure bands worn on your wrists.

If you are unsuccessful in controlling motion sickness with these measures, our healthcare providers can suggest and prescribe alternatives. Medications are available in oral forms or skin patches.