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A WonderBaba Guide to Travel Sickness

Travel sickness describes sickness associated with motion which can also be referred to as seasickness (for boat trips), air sickness (planes) or car sickness depending on which mode of transport you are using!

It involves several horrible symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Often when people start to get motion sickness they will go a little bit pale and start to produce excess saliva.  They may also become drowsy or tired and start to breath more rapidly than normal.

Out of the people who are more likely to suffer from motion sickness such as those who regularly suffer from migraines and those with heavy periods there are two groups which are of particular interest to WonderBaba.  These are pregnant women and children between the ages of three and twelve years.  Children from two onwards are more likely to suffer from travel sickness but they tend to grow out of motion sickness by the time they are 12 thankfully!

Sometimes motion sickness improves once your body gets used to the change in environment, for example your child may improve a few hours into a journey.  Sometimes however the only thing to stop the sickness is to stop the journey!  This clearly isn’t always practical so I’ll summarise some treatment options which are worth trying now!

Medicines which help!

  • Stugeron_15_Tablets_15-500x500.jpgStugeron

    This contains cinnarizine 15mg which is an antihistamine that helps to reduce nausea during travel sickness.  It is suitable for adults and children over five years of age at the following doses:stugeron dose

    It should not be taken if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.  It is best to take it after food.  It is good to be aware that it may cause your child to be a little drowsy so make sure to give them allowances for this.


  • Kwells

    Kwells-Tablets-12-Tablets-159087The active substance in Kwells tablets is hyoscine hydrobromide. Hyoscine hydrobromide temporarily reduces the effect of movement on the balance organs of the inner ear and the nerves responsible for nausea.  Because Kwells tablets melt in the mouth, absorption into the bloodstream is very rapid and they can be taken up to 30 minutes before travelling or at the onset of sickness.   These are only suitable for children over ten years of age – so not quite WonderBabas but maybe their older siblings or parents!!  The dosage information is as follows:kwells



Alternative Products

  • CaldeKids Travel Pops

caldekidsCaldeKids travel pops are great for settling childrens tummy’s during travel.  They contain ginger, peppermint, and lemon juice and a little sugar and some apple flavouring which combined taste really appealing to children and have a positive effect on their digestive system.  The recommended usage is one to three lollipops per day.  For best effect use them 30 minutes before travelling.   These are available by clicking here!


  • Ginger

    Ginger is naturally helpful for motion sickness but not always the easiest think to get your child to take!  Consider giving a luke warm tea (not real tea!!) made just with water, some grated ginger and lemon.  Ok well my kids wouldn’t drink it but your might and i’m trying here!! Ok…better idea – grab a pack of ginger biscuits – in moderation of course 😉


  • Acupressure Bands

    sea-band-Ok so there is no scientific evidence that these work but honestly I’ve had so many people come into me in the pharmacy with success stories that they are definitely worth a go! I’ve no first hand experience on this product as none of mine suffer from car sickness yet thankfully! They work by applying pressure to a certain point on the wrist to reduce nausea and they certainly can’t do any harm! They are recommended for children three years and up – just make sure the band is fitting snugly!!  I have them available to purchase by clicking here!



Wonder Tips!

  • Try to get your child to sit still – this is easy in a car due to the godsend that is a five point harness! For older kids or on a plane or boat try to get them to sit in the one spot and focus on something ahead of them in the distance – like the horizon.
  • Use a cushion to support your child’s head in one position.
  • Don’t encourage reading or games as this can make things worse!
  • Do try to let your child fall asleep in the car as closing your eyes can help you to feel better.
  • Try to distract your child with a story – even an audiobook so you don’t have to read yourself! We currently are listening to David Walliams in the car and the kids seem to love it! Also try singing or playing the ‘I spy’ game – In our house we don’t all know our sounds and letters yet so we play ‘I spy colour game’ which works by spotting things the colour red or blue etc!
  • Don’t let the car get too warm or stuffy – open a window if needs must or if you are on a plane turn on the aircon or if your on a boat take a trip to the top deck!
  • Get your kids to eat small meals often before a journey so that you avoid a large meal just before departure time.
  • Encourage plenty of fluid the day of travel to prevent dehydration which may worsen nausea.
  • Try to get your child to practice deep breathing – this is such a useful skill for them to have anyway for any time they are trying to focus or remain calm!   Good ways to teach them to do this is to ask them to pretend to smell a flower, or to blow bubbles, or even to pretend they are blowing out candles on their birthday cake!
  • This last one is pessimistic but practical – always have a sick bag and fresh clothes ready.

cropped-websitefeetlogo.pngI hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262.  I’m always happy to help!


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Is this heat rash?

heat rash wonderbabaHeat rash is also known as miliaria or prickly heat.  There’s a few different kinds and the rash can range from mild small pimples to deep red lumps.  Its generally a pink or red rash which can be made up of dots, spots or pimples – most often these affect the head neck and shoulders.  Heat rash occurs when your baby’s sweat glands become blocked and become swollen, itchy and generally uncomfortable! It often occurs under clothes where the heat is worst and the material rubs off it causing further irritation and friction. Continue reading

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A Wonder Review Ear Band-Its!

There is nothing worse than trying to explain to a child that they can’t go swimming  or mess too much in the bath because they are not allowed to get water in their ears due to grommets or ear perforation due to a bad infection.  In addition to that consider the nightmare which exists when trying to bathe a child who hates to have water in their ears!  From both a parents and child perspective ensuring no water enters the ear canal is nothing short of a disaster!

From my experience there are two main situations which arise! One where a child is not allowed to get water in their ears for medical reasons such as infection or grommets and another where a healthy child hates the feeling of water in their ears and suggesting a bath makes you enemy number one!! In essence it involves a parent trying to explain or battle (let’s be honest here!) with a child who either wants to splash and dunk their head under the water or else coaxing and convincing a child that hates the bath that water in their ears is ok and there is no need to be afraid!  Well I don’t know about your WonderBaba’s but mine certainly seem to follow my logical arguments!!

I recently came across a genius little product which solves the problems associated with both of these ‘water’ issues!  May I introduce… Ear Band-Its! Continue reading

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A WonderBaba Guide to Insect Bites, Repellents and the Zika Virus!


This is a difficult one as the studies completed in the area are few and far between however there is current guidance from ‘bumps’ – best use of medicines in pregnancy from the UK teratology information service which is recommended by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

mosquito biteDuring pregnancy or whilst trying to conceive women should follow the same recommendations as all other travellers.  If travelling to an area at risk of the Zika virus, Malaria, west nile virus, or Lyme disease it is worth postponing your trip if at all possible.  If this is not possible then every measure possible should be taken to reduce the chance of being bitten as discussed below.  I will also discuss the problems with contracting Zika during pregnancy and how it can put you and your baby at risk. Continue reading

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How to help babies and children with ear pressure on a flight!

How to help babies or children with ear pressure on a flight! Its hard to explain to a baby that their ears may “pop” or feel very pressurised on a flight and it’s even more difficult to calm them down from the discomfort this can cause! As an adult you can suck on a hard sweet, try to yawn repetitively or hold your nose and blow gently to try to equalise the pressure within your inner ear. These techniques would all work for a baby but are not exactly possible due to practical and cognitive issues!! So lets have a look at what is practical! Tips to try to reduce pressure build up in your babies ears:P6_053c Continue reading

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A Sun Care Guide for Babies and Children!

sunshine-wonderbabaThankfully it’s getting to that time of year again when we need to consider how best to protect our little ones from the strong UV rays.  Sometimes we associate sun cream and sun care with going on holidays or travelling abroad but actually it’s as important to be proactive when we are at home in Ireland too! The UV damage is just as bad in Irish weather as it is abroad – 90% of the UV rays can penetrate light cloud coverage.   Did you know that getting sunburnt in your childhood increases your risk of melanoma later in life? Continue reading

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Healthcare tips and essentials for travelling with a baby or toddler!

Travelling light and having all the essentials that are needed for a little baby or young children is a challenge larger than Everest in my opinion… ok maybe not that bad – but it certainly requires a lot of thought and organisation so I’ve put together a little list of items which I don’t go away without in case of medical emergencies or minor ailments. As for the number of bibs, nappies, soothers, outfits, wipes etc to bring…well if anyone has a list for that I would love a look!!

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