Treating Motion Sickness in Your Motorhome

A Working Definition

Motion sickness — also known as car sickness — is a nasty little trick that the brain and the inner ear play on the belly of automobile or motorhome passengers when there’s a discrepancy between visual cues and the motion of the vehicle. Because of this, drivers are rarely affected by car sickness as their eyes, brain and body all experience the motion together. Passengers — particularly small children — are often affected with the well-known symptoms of nausea and vomiting.

 

Prevention

Preventing motion sickness is much more effective than treating the problem. However, many of the tips to do so aren’t applicable to motorhomes. Nonetheless, there are some tips you can try to avoid your passengers’ sufferings:

  • Have motion-sickness prone passengers always sit facing forward.
  • Have passengers focus on the outside scenery, not a book or an object inside the recreational vehicle.
  • Keep fresh air moving throughout the vehicle, if possible.
  • Keep strong odors to a minimum.
  • Don’t start a trip on a full stomach.

Medical Treatment

Some individuals with severe motion sickness prefer to treat the disorder with medications. Over-the-counter antihistamines to be taken by mouth, such as Dramamine or Benadryl, often help the nausea but can also cause unwanted side effects such as drowsiness and may cause increased blood pressure in susceptible individuals. Motion sickness patches such as Scopolamine often provide relief without some of the side effects of oral antihistamines. Whatever your drug of choice, take the medication one to two hours before embarking on your journey to increase their effectiveness.

Home Remedies

Acupressure bands worn on the wrist are said to help prevent motion sickness in some individuals. Ginger has also been studied academically and through the popular media. Ginger is available in pill form, as a tea or is available in grocery stores as common gingersnaps.

Mechanical Remedies

Some RV forums suggest that modifications to the sway bars and suspension of your rig can help decrease the swaying motions that often precipitate motion sickness in passengers. Call CCRV’s Service Department at 361-289-5400 for more information on this option.

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