Car Sickness, Air Sickness and Motion Sickness

Help for little ones whose tummies don't like car rides and airplanes.  Here are the tips and rules of of tackling and managing motion sickness.

Some things to try:

  • Dramamine (depending on age)
  • Bonine (less drowsy versio nof Dramamine)
  • Antihistamines (e.g., Benadryl)
  • There are homeopathic motion sickness pills as well
  • Keep child and the car cool
    • Open the window
    • Have child chew on ice chips so he/she does not overheat
    • Take off outer coat layers to avoid overheating
  • No reading, no looking down -- distract with other games like music, conversation, etc.
  • No videos/DVD's.
  • Make frequent stops, especially when child is complaining about tongue, stomach, throat, etc
  • Have child close her eyes when feeling nauseated
  • No dairy prior to ride
  • Give snacks (no empty stomach, but not too full of a stomach either)
  • Sea bands (the accupressure wrist bands that control nausea-- great for morning sickness too)
  • Try to make ride as smooth as possible
  • Lollipops or chewing gum, especially mint, and ginger snaps
  • Try to travel when child is sleepy, or at night, to reduce risk of feeling sick 
  • Put child in the middle seat, so they can see out the front window where things are not whizzing by as fast
  • Put child in the middle seat, so they can see out the front window where things are not whizzing by as fast
  • Ginger snaps or candied ginger.
  • When all of these things fail, BE PREPARED,
    • Bring plastic bags, paper towels, water, and change of clothes in case the worst does happen.
    • Diapers make good catchers’ mitts if all else fails
    • if you can, drape a towel underneath your child so the mess is minimal

 

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