The best way to treat
motion sickness is to stop the motion. If you can't
stop the motion, sit or lie down in an area with the least motion. In an
airplane, try to sit near the wings. On a ship, stay on the deck and look at
the horizon. Or, if you are inside, move to the center of the ship.
You also can take prescription and
nonprescription medicine to prevent or reduce symptoms
of nausea and vomiting. Most medicines work best if taken before travel. The
medicines work in different ways. Some are sedatives that minimize the effect
of motion. Others reduce nausea and vomiting.
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Antihistamines, including dimenhydrinate (such as
Dramamine). Do not give your child antihistamines unless your child's doctor has
told you to. If the doctor tells you to give your child medicine, be sure to
follow the doctor's advice on how to give it.
People often try alternative methods of preventing motion
sickness such as taking
ginger or wearing
acupressure bands. There is little scientific evidence
that these methods work. But there is no harm in trying them.
Physical therapy may help people who have significant problems with
motion sickness. Your physical therapist will guide you through repeated
motions in a controlled situation to help your balance-sensing system adapt to
motion. No large studies have been done to test this treatment.