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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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A WonderBaba Guide to Exercising during Pregnancy!

yoga pregnancyProtecting your very precious cargo is your priority when pregnant, but does this mean you need to reduce or stop exercising like many people think? Absolutely not is the answer! In fact, so long as you are exercising caution and good common sense, as well as your body, you will actually increase your own health and that of your unborn baby too!

When you find out you are expecting it’s a good idea to discuss your exercising habits with your GP.  The doctor will advise you what is clinically safe for you as an individual to continue with or to start but here I will give some general guidelines so you have a rough idea of what you can expect! Continue reading

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum – support is here – Hyperemesis Ireland!

Hyperemesis is a crippling sickness of severe nausea and vomiting which effects less than 1% of pregnant women.  It is different to regular ‘morning sickness’ which affects a large proportion of pregnant women and usually clears up around the 16 week mark.  Hyperemesis is a serious condition which can lead to severe dehydration if not treated.  To understand the condition more and how it differs from regular morning sickness I’d like to ask you to read the following blog of a mum who suffered from the illness first hand as I personally was lucky enough to escape with the regular nausea that early pregnancy brings.

dripI have never read a blog that reflects the cruelty of the impact that this illness can have over a woman whilst she’s ‘glowing’ during her pregnancy. This blog is written by an old friend of mine and is well worth a read! http://www.wonkyeye.ie/wonky-eye-blogger/cgispm3anygqg3j5s5nwku8ahzimmv2017814

Hyperemesis Ireland is a new support network for expectant mums who are in need of guidance and care – as a healthcare professional and as a woman I am so glad that this service is now available in Ireland!
#hyperemesisgravidarum #youarenotalone

websitefeetlogoI hope you found this information helpful and as always don’t hesitate to contact me on the WonderBaba Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) with any questions or for one to one advice for your little one! You can also consult with me in person at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 or over the phone on 012600262.

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Preparing to Breastfeed!


breastfeedingWhilst it is certainly true that breastfeeding is a natural and instinctive skill it is not always true that it will come ‘naturally’.  Personal experience has highlighted breastfeeding as one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer, but it has also taught me that support and knowledge are key to a successful breastfeeding relationship.  It is most likely that you will have an easy and straightforward breastfeeding experience but it is also very possible that you may stumble across a few hurdles on your way.  With only 10% of Irish mums continuing to breastfeed after four months it is clear that our support networks are somewhat lacking.  Continue reading

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WonderBaba – Miscarriage – Symptoms and Support.

Bleeding, severe pain and cramping, or the sudden loss of pregnancy symptoms can sometimes indicate a miscarriage.  I don’t even need to say it but a miscarriage causes a mother distress of the most harrowing nature. It is ironic that early pregnancy is often a ‘secret’ and so the time that you really need support and help is the one time you feel unable to reach out and ask for it.  I’m writing this article for those mums who need advice, for those who feel the may be suffering from a miscarriage, or those who have experienced one and are finding it hard to cope with or process.  I hope to provide some information about what is normal and what is not during early pregnancy and to highlight some of the amazing and supportive resources there are for women in this devastating situation in Ireland. It is important to know when to seek help and if you do find yourself in the heartbreaking position of grieving for your unborn baby its even more important to know that support is available.  A pregnancy can be planned, unplanned or unexpected but finding support during miscarriage, both physically and mentally, should not be overlooked.

What can be a sign of miscarriage?

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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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A WonderBaba Guide to Heartburn in Pregnancy!

A topic I’ve had plenty of experience with- as if expectant mums don’t have enough to contend with!

Heartburn is the name given to the feeling of burning in your chest which arises due to the stomach acid passing up from your stomach into your oesophagus.  It can occur on its own or with indigestion.  Indigestion (also referred to as dyspepsia) describes a collection of symptoms which include bloating, nausea, feeling full, burping a lot, or feeling sick.  Indigestion  and heartburn usually arrive just after meal time! In pregnancy though it may occur more frequently – especially in the last trimester. In fact up to 8 out of 10 women will suffer from indigestion at some part of their pregnancy according to the HSE. Continue reading

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Morning Sickness – WonderBaba Tips

Morning Sickness

Unfortunately vomiting and nausea, known as morning sickness, is very common during pregnancy.  What’s more unfortunate is that it often lasts all day and night or comes in waves throughout the day! It usually kicks in at about week six but can happen even earlier than this.  The good news is that for most people (approximately 90%) it will fade away and become a distant memory around week 12-14…hormones have a funny way of making us forget the bad stuff!! Continue reading

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Hospital bag check list!

WonderBaba Hospital bag kitExpectant mums should consider getting their hospital bag together at about 34 weeks. I’ve compiled a list of useful items and I hope it’s of some help! Space is so tight in hospitals that it’s a military operation trying to fit everything in! Feel free to contact me on the wonderbaba Facebook page if you think there is anything I have missed and I’ll be happy to add it on! I have also put together all of the ‘pharmacy items’ into one handy ‘WonderBaba Hospital Kit’ which is now available to be ordered online by clicking here!  It takes all of the hassle out of ‘hospital bag shopping’ and leaves you spare time to focus on the more appealing things like cute baby clothes and fancy slippers!

So here is my full list of everything you will need for your hospital visit! Continue reading