Kids and Motion Sickness

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Motion sickness can strike when you’re least expecting it. Be ready if one of your kids turns pale and nauseous whether in the car or on an amusement park ride during your family's summer fun.

“Mom, I don’t feel so good…” It’s the last thing you want to hear when you’re traveling with kids, but it happens — especially in mountains and on winding roads. When a kid’s brain receives conflicting sensory messages from his ears, eyes and nerves, the American Academy of Pediatrics says it’s motion sickness that can spell stomach problems. Whether it’s on a boat, a carnival ride or in a car, the basic cause is the same, with ages 2 – 12 most susceptible (luckily infants and toddlers are immune). Before you pack up and go, get in this quick summer read:


Keep a supply of peppermints in the car — sucking on mint is helpful.

Sipping on ginger ale soothes the tummy.

Don’t insist on reading in the car — for kids prone to car sickness, the eye focus should be to the outside, mainly to the front.

Try Sea-bands: The bands have small plastic studs that press into the wrist like acupressure. In a pinch, tell your child to apply pressure to his wrist with his other fingers at his pulse point.

Place a queasy child in the middle of the backseat so they can see out the front which is less likely to be a blur.

Tell your child to focus outside of the car, toward spots far away. Change the spot as needed.

kidshlth_popsKeep an empty Tupperware container in the car in case of an accident. That way you can re-cover it until you can stop.

Keep Queasy Pops on hand.

Keep a cool face cloth in a small bag of your car cabin as well as an ice pack for the back of the neck. Give it to your child to use in 10-minute

With your pediatrician’s permission, give your child Benadryl or Drammamine one-and-a-half hours prior to your drive.

Travel with Febreze to get rid of accident odors; wet wipes and paper towels for messes.

Travel with a handy set of extra clothes … in case.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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