Riding The Rails

Train travel sounds so romantic, at least to those of us who don’t use them for our daily commute.

The Orient Express, the 20th Century Limited, the Flying Scotsman — their very names evoke a sense of luxury, intrigue, and yes, darn it, romance.

But, if you suffer from motion sickness, train travel can bring forth a sense of nausea, cold sweat, and dizziness.

If the rails call to you, or you’re required to ride the rails to work, we have a few tips for fighting off motion sickness.

Sit facing forward. Request such a seat, if possible, or if the only available seats are facing toward the rear of the car, ask the conductor if he or she could turn a seat around to face the front.

Don’t read or try to watch a video. Just like in a car, it’s better to keep your eyes looking forward or even close them if you don’t need to watch for your stop.

Stay in your seat, if you can. Walking around on a moving train will almost certainly increase your feeling of motion sickness.

A soft breeze blowing in your face helps. Bring one of those battery-operated hand fans with you, or just fan yourself with a magazine. If you can open a window, all the better, but that’s not always possible on trains.

Sip water or ginger ale during your trip. Eat light snacks—nothing too greasy or fatty—just something to keep in your stomach, as that helps with nausea.

ReliefBand helps to control the symptoms of motion sickness for many people. If you haven’t tried one yet, it’s definitely worth investigating.

If you have tips to share with others, please do so in the comments! Anyone who’s battled motion sickness knows it’s not something that can just be ignored. Any help is appreciated.

Kids And Carsickness. Ugh.

Little kids are prone to carsickness. Not all of them (thank goodness), but some, and it’s important to know the symptoms so that you can head off disaster.

When your otherwise healthy child is riding in a car and is pale, beading up with a bit of sweat. complaining of nausea or simply cranky, yawning a lot, and of course most evident, vomiting, then chances are he or she is experiencing motion sickness.

The problem is, small children aren’t tall enough to see the horizon while sitting in a moving car, so their eyes tell them they’re not moving, but their bodies know that they are doing so. That contradictory feeling trips the nausea trigger in them and they feel carsick (motion sickness).

If you know your children are prone to carsickness, it may help to feed them some crackers and water or other nonsugary beverage before getting in the car. Getting something in their tummies helps with the nausea.

Keep cool air blowing on the children’s faces, and don’t let them focus on books or electronic games. It’s better if they listen to music or a story rather than stare at fixed objects in the car.

If symptoms persist, stop the car and let the kids walk about, get a drink of water, and have a light snack.

There are medications to counter motion sickness in children, but always check with the child’s provider before administering anything.

If you have any tips for other parents, please share in the comments!

 

Motion Sickness Remedies

Many people love to travel. You say, “Let’s go to . . . “ and their bags are packed before you finish the sentence.

Some of us are not so eager. You start talking about a trip, we get clammy just thinking of the car/plane/train ride.

Motion sickness isn’t funny or fun, but there are ways we can combat that awful feeling and enjoy the journey as well as the destination.

In addition to ReliefBand, there’s a prescription patch (scopolamine) that works well for many, but it can’t be used on kids. For children, Dramamine or Benadryl may help.

Ginger or peppermint can reduce the symptoms of nausea, and keeping your face pointed toward fresh air is beneficial.

Nothing works 100 percent of the time for everyone. But, with ReliefBand and the other products and suggestions mentioned here, you have a good chance of finding something that works.

Don’t let motion sickness keep you at home. Get out there and enjoy the world!

Ski Sickness? You Bet!

Did you know that some downhill skiers report experiencing motion sickness?

Yup. It’s called, appropriately, ski sickness.

It seems to be more common on days when visibility is limited, such as in foggy or near whiteout conditions.

Wearing ski boots and skis changes the way our bodies relate to or feel the ground, which also contributes to the problem.

A lot of little things need to come together to create ski sickness – it’s not a common event.

Chances are you won’t be afflicted with this type of motion sickness, but perhaps it’s best to take your ReliefBand with you to the mountains, just in case.

Click here for more info on ski sickness.

Motion Sickness Is Not Fun

Motion sickness is the sweaty, clammy, dizzy, feeling you get when what you see doesn’t match up with what your inner ear is sensing. Those uncomfortable feelings are sometimes followed by nausea and vomiting.

People prone to motion sickness do not like riding on boats or trains, or in planes or cars. And they don’t like amusement park rides.

Pretty much anything that moves while they’re on it can be a problem.

Some people who suffer from motion sickness even get queasy on an escalator.

If you’re too familiar with these symptoms, you should wear a ReliefBand next time you venture forth. Bet you’ll be happy when your motion sickness is a no-show!

Morning Sickness To The Extreme

Morning sickness can occur at any time of day. Some believe that the motion of getting out of bed in the morning triggers the feeling of nausea, which may indicate where the time-of-day reference  its name

You may or may not vomit when you have regular morning sickness, but you will feel nauseated.

Regular morning sickness usually ends as you get into your second trimester.

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is severe morning sickness. It also begins in the first trimester and can end in the second trimester, or it may go on for most of the pregnancy.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, suffered from this severe form of morning sickness during both of her pregnancies.

It’s important to know if you’re experiencing regular morning sickness or HG. You’ll want to talk to your healthcare provider about the difference, and take steps to care for yourself if you are suffering from this more serious form of morning sickness.

Signs of HG that you might notice can include:

Severe vomiting, possibly of blood

Difficulty keeping liquids down

Dizziness and possibly fainting

Headache

Body odor

Extreme tiredness

Racing heartbeat

Less urine output, and it may be darker than normal in color

Unusual and rapid weight loss

Constipation

Thirst due to dehydration from vomiting

Your provider will run tests to confirm HG, and there are lots of treatment steps available. The important thing is to talk to your provider about any issue that troubles you during pregnancy.

The earlier this problem is identified, the easier it is to take care of it.