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July 13, 2017 06:18 PM

Healthbeat: Helping with Motion Sickness

Traveling is a summertime tradition. 

But, getting to the perfect destination sometimes doesn't sit well with some people.
Whether by plane, train, boat, or car... plans can get spoiled pretty quickly if someone in your family suffers from motion sickness.

Sheri Reynoldson is the assistant director for compassion childcare. One of her many jobs is to transport, so she's no stranger to motion sickness.

"I think we dropped off 15 children at McKennan park for the theatre that's there," Compassion childcare assistant director Sheri Reynoldson said.

Reynoldson says it's harder for kids to express when they're suffering from motion sickness. If staff recognizes the signs they often pull over for fresh air, or they give the child sips of water to help.

 "We had a child who wasn't feeling well. There's normally more than just me driving it we usually have a couple staff members in the back. Usually if they are feeling bad they will say their tummy hurts or they will just be kind of sleepy," Reynolds said.

Sanford physician Dr. Christine Olson says kids are often susceptible to motion sickness, especially between the ages of five and 12.

 "It's actually an imbalance in your body. So an imbalance in what your body is sensing and what is going on around you and what your body is actually doing," Olson said.

Olson says it can happen even when you're sitting still and watching something in motion, such as video games. The opposite can happen too, when you are moving but looking at something still like the words on a page.

"So in a vehicle for instance you want to choose the best seat. Riding in the front is more helpful than riding in the back. If you are on a plane, riding where there is a window helps people who get motion sick a lot," Olson said

If you're on a train, Olson says to face forward.  She also recommends C- bands.

 "They are bands that you can wear. You can get them over the counter that put pressure on a particular pressure point that is supposed to help with nausea," Olson said.

Olson says in addition to children, women and pregnant women are predisposed to motion sickness.

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