Reliefband: No More Nausea Car Rides for My Teen


My daughter has suffered from her fair share of motion sickness since she was about 6 years old. She is 13 now and unfortunately my remedies have bought her little relief. If she is riding in the car for even 5 minutes she gets a headache and starts to feel nauseous. I’ve tried giving her dry crackers, keeping the windows crack to let in fresh air, and for longer trips allowing her to sleep it off. I don’t like giving her unnecessary prescription drugs so finding an alternative was my best option.

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The main issue and the most uncomfortable trips are school mornings. We live in Chicago and this year I decided to take on the task of dropping her off at school each morning. Our morning and evening commute generally takes about an hour both ways. I really don’t like letting her fall asleep in the mornings to deal with the motion sickness because that just is not the best way to start the school day.


The idea of her wearing Reliefband was exciting to her and offered her a chance to possibly experience a comfortable ride. We started our normal morning routine for school and strapped the Reliefband on her arm. Reliefband is worn on the underside of your wrist; you first find a spot on your wrist between two tendons.

Be sure to clean the area and apply a small drop of the gel that is included and spread in a circle about the size of a coin. Place the device over the area with the gel and fasten it snugly.

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As you can see in the pictures her wrist is small so we tightened it and then tucked the remaining strap over, she had no issues with the band moving out of place. Press the power button to turn on the device. Start at power level 1, you should increase the power level until you feel tingling in your palm and middle finger at a comfortable level. She felt it immediately at level 1 and that is where we left it. The band gives gentle pulses to re-balance the signals that cause nausea and vomiting.


With high hopes and a little bit of a tingle in her arm we jumped in the car and headed out for school. Chicago’s rush hour traffic is a monster and for a car sick teenager is no pleasant ride.  She first noticed a difference when we hit the expressway for about 5 minutes from our house. She was not nauseous at all.

Her immediate reaction was to take out her book and begin to read, something that she wasn’t able to do. The tingle in her arm slowly went away.  Her ride each day of wearing Reliefband was normal. It has been wonderful knowing that she can experience a car ride like a normal teenager without feeling like she has to vomit. It is empowering to know that there is a drug-free, FDA cleared treatment out there. For more information visit


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