Motion sickness is caused by a conflict that arises in your brain, i.e. your eyes tell you that you are not moving, but your sense of balance tells you that you are.

The symptoms of motion sickness are – pallor, cold sweats, nausea and vomiting. Motion sickness is common in children over two years old but becomes less common with age. Motion sickness can only be prevented and not treated once you have started to vomit.




The length of the journey must be considered in preventing the onset of travel sickness. This is necessary as the drugs only last for a particular period of time in the body. This may mean that you will have to re-dose during the journey. The time of departure is also important, as the medicine must be given long enough before departure to be fully active when the journey begins. Remember the symptoms must be prevented before they can gain hold.


SEA-LEGS tablets are the longest acting of the travel sickness medications and can be active for up to 24 hours. STUGERON tablets are active for around 8 hours, while KWELLS tablets act for around 6 hours.


All the motion sickness medications will cause drowsiness. This is especially important to keep in mind if two people are going to share driving duties (the driver of the car will not get travel sickness as they are looking out the window) or if a very long acting medication is taken. GINGER drops or capsules may be a useful alternative if a non-drowsy preparation is required.


If you are pregnant or you are taking any other medication please consult with your local pharmacist.


Practical points to remember:


  • Children are less likely to feel sick if they can see out of the car – appropriate seats should be used to ensure this. This is because the child can concentrate on still objects outside the car and will be less confused.
  • Children should be kept occupied playing games when travelling, especially I spy which makes them look out of windows.
  • For many sufferers, reading makes motion sickness worse and should be avoided.