The Question: We’re taking a vacation that involves a long car ride, and my daughter gets motion sickness. How can I help her?
Answer: Road trips aren’t much fun for kids who feel sick in the car—or for you! Some will get a mild headache and nausea, while others will develop migraine-like symptoms with terrible headaches and vomiting. For some kids the problem is triggered by reading, for others just by being in the car. But the good news for your family is that there are a couple of natural approaches that can help. One of my favorites is using an acupuncture wrist band (Sea-Bands, $8 per pair, drugstore.com) that place a small amount of pressure over the P6 acupoint, helping to control nausea. You can also let her chew soft ginger candies as ginger contains natural elements that quell nausea from motion sickness. My pick: Trader Joe’s Crystallized Ginger ($6 for 8 oz., amazon.com).
Lawrence D. Rosen, M.D., a member of KIWI’s editorial advisory board, is the founder of The Whole Child Center in Oradell, New Jersey, and the coauthor of Treatment Alternatives for Children. Have a question for Dr. Rosen? E-mail him at [email protected]