Kids’ Car Sickness: Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

Summer is here and lots of family trips are scheduled. Only one thing makes you hesitate about these trips; car sickness. Your child complains from motion sickness; he feels dizzy every time he’s in the car. This unpleasant condition makes the trip miserable for you and for your child. Luckily there are several ways to prevent car sickness and make your journey pleasant.

To better understand car sickness and be able to prevent it you should know its mechanism. The brain receives conflicting signals from different parts of the body which are the ears, eyes, muscles and skin. The brain will try to analyze the situation you are in. When these pieces are inconsistent, motion sickness happens. It is like when your child is sitting in the back seat of a car and cannot see outside. His ears sense the motion but his eyes do not see it. Car sickness happens in this case.

What are the signs and symptoms of car sickness?

Car sickness starts with a feeling of nausea and stomach upset. Your child will become pale and restless. It can progress to fatigue, sweat and vomiting.

How to prevent and treat car sickness? 

There are many simple ways to prevent car sickness:

-          Do not let your child read a book or focus on an electronic game while in the car.

-          While traveling in the car, seat your child near the window and open it to make fresh air go in. Let him focus on the scenery and look far in the horizon.

-          Make your child close his eyes and sleep if he can.

-          Take breaks during long trips. Stretch your legs and make your child walk little bit.

-          Keep lots of peppermint candy with you. It is a good cure for nausea.

-          Keep lemon in the car. Sniffing lemon during the trip may alleviate the nausea feeling.

-          Some people use wrists bands for car sickness. They are usually tight and work as acupressure. You can find them in pharmacies.

-          Ginger is well known for its power on car sickness. Keep ginger cookies in your bag. Make your child eat some before you start the trip.

-          Feed your child a light snack before traveling.

-          Avoid smoking or using perfumes in the car. Strong smells may aggravate car sickness.

-          Put comfortable clothes to your child. Do not over heat him.

In case you feel your child is uncomfortable, park the car and make him go outside and walk. Keep always extra clothes, wipes and air freshener with you in case of accidents. Do not stress out and panic. You will aggravate the situation. Be calm and turn your child’s attention. Put music and sing along with him. If you feel that your child is getting dizzy from any slight movement, contact your doctor so he can check his inner ears.