The long-awaited holidays arrive and the whole family is ready to enjoy a well-deserved rest. The problem is knowing which destination to choose and which one will be the best when traveling with children.
There are several alternatives and also different types of transport, such as the plane, the train, the bus or the car. However, the car is still the most used means of traveling on the road with children. That's when another doubt assails us: How to avoid dizziness and vomiting in children and babies?
Not all children get dizzy, but it is quite common among the little ones. There are children more susceptible to dizziness than others, especially the most restless. It mainly affects children older than 2 years and they constitute discomfort for the child, concerns for the parents, and a risk of confusion and even accident during the trip. But why does dizziness occur?
Dizziness in children is due to several causes, but the main one is the excessive stimulation of the vestibular apparatus (related to balance and spatial control and is in the part of the inner ear).
It's called motion sickness, a type of dizziness that worsens after 2 years and disappears little by little as the child grows. It usually disappears at 12 years.
The main symptoms are nausea and cyclical vomiting. Also yawning, excessive salivation and paleness. This type of prolonged dizziness can lead to low blood pressure and dehydration.
1- If the child is very young, it is best to consult the pediatrician before embarking on a car trip. Only he will be able to administer a product that can reduce the child's dizziness.
2- In the case of older children, that is, from 3 years of age, They can be given some candy or gum to prevent dizziness.
3- Try to get the child distracted and look at other things, landscapes, details, of the road. Play with him 'I see I', tongue twisters, riddles or any other activity that makes him forget about dizziness.
4- Entertain him by playing some children's music and encourage him to sing and talk. Tell him stories.
5- Prevent the child from reading.
6- Keep the car aired. Do not smoke during the trip.
7- Make a stop every two hours so that everyone can stretch their legs and renew the air.
8- Do not feed the child before the trip. That can overload your stomach. It is preferable for him to eat dry foods rich in carbohydrates. And don't drink soda or milk.
9- During the trip, if the child is hungry, offer him a cookie or candy.
10- In case the child vomits, make him drink small amounts of sugar water, frequently.
11- If the child falls asleep, be prepared with bags on hand, in case he wakes up wanting to throw up.
12- If the child returns, do not be nervous. It will not help the situation to improve. With this care, parents can reduce the risk of dizziness.
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