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Tips to Avoid Car Sickness in Kids

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10 Tips to Avoid Car Sickness in Kids

My family and I joined the masses on the open road to take a family road trip from Washington, DC to Nashville, Tennessee, which takes 10+ hours. We anticipated making frequent stops, so we could eat and stretch our legs. But we quickly discovered that our four-year-old gets carsick. Our daughter got nauseous and vomited about 30 minutes are each meal while we are on the road. We made some adjustments for our return trip home that worked to reduce nausea and discomfort.

What is car sickness?

Car sickness is a type of motion sickness that occurs when the brain senses movement by getting signals from your inner ears, eyes, muscles, and joints. When the signals are conflicting, like when you're stationary in a car, but your eyes see movement, you can get motion sickness. This most commonly affects children from two to 12 years old.

What are the symptoms of car sickness?

Some symptoms of motion sickness are:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cold Sweats
  • Pale and clammy skin

Tips to Avoid Car Sickness in Kids

Taking a road trip with kids requires planning but if any of your kiddos suffer from car sickness you have to do a lot more planning. to car sickness, here are a few strategies to help alleviate symptoms:

1) ๐“๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐›๐ž๐๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž

If you can, hit the road at night or early in the morning. On our return drive home, we left at 4 am and Austen slept a good portion of the way home.

2) ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ฉ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ

If you can't travel during bedtime, plan to make a lot of stops along the way.

3) Change positions

Position your child's car or booster seat in the middle row, so they can have a clear, unobstructed view out of the front window. You can also encourage your child to lay down, which may help reduce symptoms.

4) ๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ, ๐›๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ

Avoid rich and greasy foods. Small bland snacks like pretzels and small drinks of water really helped.

5) ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ง๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ฌ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ

We discovered that looking at a tablet while the car was in motion only exasperated Austenโ€™s motion sickness. Have your child look out of the window or play a car game. We played a game where we would yell out when we saw a red car on the road.

6) Open a window

Fresh air can also help to prevent car sickness.

7) ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž

We havenโ€™t tried this yet, but next time we will use acupressure bands to see if they help. If you don't have an acupressure band, you can apply light pressure to the inside of the child's wrist to help eliminate motion sickness.

8) ๐“๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฌ.

These are candies that come in an assortment of flavors, and they are made with ingredients to help calm the stomach.

9) Watch for symptoms.

If your child tells you or indicates that they are feeling sick, open a window or turn an air condition vent toward their face.

10) Use o๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ-๐ญ๐ก๐ž-๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ.

There are also a few motion sickness medications for kids like Dramamine or Nauzene for kids two years old and older.

Finally, be prepared

10 Essential Tips to Avoid Car Sickness in Kids featured by top US family travel blogger, Momma Wanderlust

Even with taking precautions, car sickness might still be inevitable for some kids. So it's best to be prepared. Pack a barf bag or bucket, and towelettes or other wet wipes for the little ones, and disinfectant wipes to clean up any spillage in the car. Always keep a full change of clothes in the car. I usually pack a full set of clothes in each kidโ€™s book bag.

Experts say that most kids outgrow carsickness by the time they're 12. For now, hopefully, taking these steps will help. For more, information on this subject read WebMd, or the Mayo Clinic.

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