A vacation with the entire family can be a lot of fun, but you want to make sure that they are all enjoying themselves and no one is getting sick. Motion sickness will usually affect a child that is between the ages of two and twelve. Luckily there are a few medications that you can use in addition to consulting your doctor that could make sure that child has a good time and doesn’t have to worry about getting sick.

Dramamine (Dimenhydrinate) Dramamine is an antihistamine that when used will treat nausea and motion sickness. It is an over the counter medication that comes in a variety of tablet counts and doses. There are even chewable choices that will work well too. If the child is between the ages of two and twelve, they will be allowed to take this medication every six to eight hours. Older children will be able to get away with taking it ever four to six hours. You want to make sure you monitor this drug’s use carefully, as taking too much could really have damaging effects.

Promethazine (Phenergan) Promethazine is another antihistamine that is given to children for motion sickness and allergic reactions. There are cases in children where Promethazine is not a good choice, especially when dealing with pre-existing conditions. This is why it is a good idea, as with any medication, to discuss the possibility of taking the medication with your doctor before you start taking it. This is not an over the counter drug either, you will need a prescription. This medication is usually take four times during the day.

Compro (Prochlorperazine) Compro is used when you are trying to treat nausea of the severe variety and motion sickness. They come in tablets and suppositories. Keep in mind that this drug is an anti-psychotic, and is also used to treat schizophrenia. It should not be used on children that are younger than the age of two. It is going to be used when there is abnormal brain function. This is why it is only used in severe cases. Please talk with a doctor before even thinking about using it.

Transderm Scop (Scopolamine) Transderm Scop is given by a doctor for cases that involve motion sickness for adults. This is not something that I would recommend for small children, but teenagers will have a shot to get it prescribed and it could help them with their motion sickness. The medication that they would be taking will come in a patch that allows the medication to be absorbed through the skin. The idea is to use it before travel. If you have a teen that gets motion sickness and need it treated, definitely ask your doctor about this one.