Motion sickness – Will anything work?

 

There are few things Mums find more terrifying than a child in the back seat of a car or on a boat suddenly saying “I don’t feel so good…..”. Yes, motion sickness can wreak havoc on a holiday and to avoid it any number of remedies have been attempted including pressure bracelets and aromatherapy, all with mixed results. So is it possible to mitigate motion sickness before it derails a day trip? The answer is yes, if you approach things a little more scientifically.

Sickness Science.

Motion sickness occurs when the brain receives conflicting sensory input, whether it’s from the inner ears, the eyes, or tissues of the body surface. That’s why it happens so frequently when we’re in motion, say on a boat or in a car and not looking out the window. The inner ears sense movement but the eyes see a static view as if we’re not moving at all. The brain becomes confused and nausea results.

The key to avoiding the brain becoming confused is to stop the body sending conflicting sensory signals in the first place. For that you’re going to need meclozine hydrochloride, a type of antihistamine found in Sea Legs which you can get from your pharmacy.

Sea Legs blocks the middle ear’s ability to send signals to the ‘vomiting center’ in the brain, making it harder to become sick for up to 24 hours at a time. That’s why it’s been such a must have on every kiwi boat. What people didn’t know till recently is that Sea Legs is effective for any type of motion sickness, especially kids in the car.

How to take Sea Legs

While you can take Sea Legs once you start feeling sick, it works best taken either the previous night or at least an hour before travel. And don’t worry about the kids taking it – the tablets are chewable and virtually tasteless. Just make sure you follow the instructions as Sea Legs is only indicated for children over six years old.

So if you want avoid motion sickness these holidays you can either hope things like aromatherapy or expensive pressure bracelets will do the trick or go with something backed up by strong scientific evidence – Sea Legs.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Radiant Health Ltd, Auckland. TAPS NA 10272.

Sea Legs is specially formulated to provide effective relief for all the family whether travelling by car, plane, boat or coach. Taken the previous night or an hour before travelling they will help prevent sickness. Or take them for relief when you feel sickness coming on. The tablets are virtually tasteless, so they can be chewed or swallowed with water.

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