Do Babies Get Motion Sickness?

Do Babies Get Motion Sickness?
Traveling with babies can be stressful for many reasons. Aside from babies being fussy, some babies also suffer from motion sickness; that can lead to behavioral problems. There are some contributing factors as well as treatment options to minimize effects.

Cause

Motion sickness is caused when the brain receives conflicting messages from the inner ears and the eyes. The inner ears control balance and equilibrium, and the eyes judge distance and traveling speed.

Examples

Babies can experience motion sickness as well. This is caused by their bodies feeling the motion of the car, boat, or plane while their eyes are focused on the nonmoving seat in front of them. Nausea can be a result.

Dangers

While motion sickness is unpleasant for the child and the parent, there are no long-lasting health dangers of motion sickness episodes.

Symptoms

Crying, fussiness, vomiting, sweating, yawning and increased saliva are all symptoms of motion sickness in babies. These symptoms are especially prevalent if the baby has not traveled before as motion sickness frequently gets better with age and experience.

Prevention

Cracking the car window, making frequent rest stops and using a car seat can help diminish motion sickness in babies. Experiment with the baby's diet to see if he is more comfortable eating something prior to travel or if an empty stomach is best.

Article Written By Michael Davidson

Michael Davidson started writing screenplays in 2003 and has had a screenplay professionally produced. He has also studied martial arts since 1990 and has worked as a licensed security specialist. Davidson has written articles for various websites. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising.

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