How to stop car sickness

how to prevent car sickness

If you’re wondering how to stop car sickness in your child, then you’re not alone. Unfortunately infants and toddlers are very prone to┬ámotion sickness and it can make a parent’s life a nightmare.

 

How to stop car sickness

If you’ve ever experienced motion sickness, you know how horrible your child feels. Unfortunately most children don’t understand why they’re feeling sick so they are even more miserable which is why patience and understanding is needed.

Finding out how to stop car sickness is essential and is actually quite easy when you learn how to spot the symptoms of it. Before a child will begin vomiting from car sickness, they will usually develop a cold sweat on their face and body. Paleness is also common, so simply checking the visual symptoms if your child cannot verbalize their feelings will help clue you in.

Once you’ve spotted your child is suffering from car sickness, you should immediately stop driving. Pull over and have your child look out at the horizon. If they are still feeling ill, you can lay them on their back and put something cool (such as a cloth) on their forehead.

car sickness in infants

Preventing car sickness during the drive is also fairly easy.

  • Cool air – put on the air conditioning or open up a window so the cool breeze can help alleviate some of their symptoms.
  • No reading or electronics – keeping a child from reading something or looking at a game on a device will help prevent their brain from getting mixed signals. Instead get some fun music to listen to or engage them in conversation.
  • Give a little snack – a small solid snack before or during a trip can help with the nausea because hunger makes it far worse. This may not work for your child, so keep note if the snack helps or not.
  • Ensure the child can look at the horizon – make sure whether your child is forward facing or rear facing that they are high enough to look out the window.
  • Drive during nap time – your child will be less likely to be ill if they’re asleep. This is because the brain receives less stimuli from the outside.
  • Medicine – if all else fails, there is motion sickness medications for children over two years of age. It’s important to consult your doctor first and to also make sure you keep an eye on their bowel movements as these medications can cause constipation.

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