Today this very experienced momma wants to share with you my top 5 tips to avoid car sickness and travel sickness in my kids.
I personally STILL suffer from car sickness during prolonged drives. It’s super annoying and unfortunately for me, I seem to have passed that down to my kids. I have THREE children that get car sickness like ALL. THE. TIME.
Driving for extended periods of time or even short distances is dreading, I mean for the longest time, I was that mom that carried plastic just-in-case bags in my car, wipes, hand sanitizer, one extra set of clothes, large bottle of Febreeze and a couple towels just in case my kids decided a 15 minute or a 45 minute car drive was too much for their stomachs to handle.
I always get especially nervous when roadtripping for vacation, like this past July, because I knew we had a 14+ hour drive to Florida for our summer vacation ahead of us, so I made sure I stocked up on all the little things that help me avoid my children’s morning, travel and car sickness. Now I didn’t always have a solution though, about 5 or 6 years ago I decided I had had enough of a vomit smelling car, so I decided to pay attention and do some research. Below I’ll share with you some simple little tips that will help you have a puke-free car ride.
**I’m not a medical expert, please do your own
research and consult your child’s pedi for any allergies or other types of treatment**
now your children and their symptoms. What makes their travel, morning, car or motion sickness worse? Notice any patterns? All three of my boys for example get what seems to be almost like morning sickness and their car sickness seems to be strongest before noon. I know for a fact for instance that I can’t just wake-up-and-go, even for a short drive, like to head out and eat breakfast 10 minutes away for example, that’s a guaranteed puke right there. I have to wake them up at least 1 hour before driving anywhere, feed them a LIGHT breakfast or snack and allow their tummies to “settle” before we get in a car.
our candy! This tip was passed down to me by my Mami and it DOES work. Now I don’t want to give them a sugar high, so this one I only use for short distance drives, just to ease up their car sickness. Depending on our drive, I may tell them to suck on anywhere from 1-5 sour gummies until we get to our destination. Sour Patch Kids is their all time favorite, I always make sure I carry a little snack size zip lock baggie in my purse with a few sour kids in case of emergencies.
lectronic devices such as iPhones, tablets and iPads and hand held video games used during the car ride tend to BRING ON their car sickness or make it worse. I avoid their car sickness symptoms by only allow them to use their devices for 20-45 minutes max every 2-3 hours. For long driving distances we keep busy while awake by playing road trip games, singing games & utilizing the time to talk and bond as a family. We only allow electronics when their boredom finally makes our games boring.
ramamine! It never fails me. I make sure I give it to them at least 30 minutes before getting in the car and continue to give them a tablet or portion of a tablet according to the directions. Dramamine helps avoid car sickness, morning sickness, motion sickness and other forms of motion sickness in kids and adults alike. It’s pretty safe to take but always consult with your health care profesh. I only use this wonder pill for long distance drives such as our Florida summer vacay or during an early day full of all day errands and driving around. It’s a little inconvenient as you have to remember to administer or give it to your child every few hours but it works great!
ea bands! I discovered Seabands back in 2015 when we took our fist family cruise and again I was nervous about the boys being sea sick. They didn’t work well with the my toddler because he’d mess with them and loose them, they are essentially very similar to sweat wrist bands with a little “preassure” bead encrusted in it, but the older children understood their purpose and kept them on and bye-bye motion sickness. By the 3rd day or so they did complain of a little sea sickness, so I started them on Dramamine one or twice a day on top of wearing their sea bands. Worked like a charm. They work for mostly all types of motion sickness and morning sickness. The only reason I don’t always use them is because they are slightly more expensive and get misplaced pretty frequently.
These are MY go-to-anti-car-and-travel-sickness tips and tricks I use for my kiddos and even myself. I hope you may find if only one of these useful for your situation. Our Florida road trip was completely puke-free and I’m so glad too, can you imagine driving 14+ hours in a puke-smelling car? No thanks!
Here’s a picture of our vomit free drive on our way to Florida…yes…the boys were ready in their swimming trunks to make a splash in our vacation home’s pool upon arrival!
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