up the kids for a road trip can be difficult. Making sure they
are stocked with things to do to keep them occupied can be a
tough battle on its own. If car sickness, a common type of
motion sickness, is thrown into the equation, road trips can
be even more of a struggle.
sickness occurs when the brain receives mismatching
information from the ears, eyes and nerves in the
extremities," says Jodi Breska, M.D., family physician at
Mayo Clinic Health System. "The results of this sensation
are upset stomach, fatigue and, of course, vomiting."
Breska says this experience is fairly common for children ages
2 to 12.
the reasons children are so prone to car sickness are still
unexplained, Breska offers some suggestions that may help you
keep your child from getting car sick on your next trip:
down on sensory input. Loading up your kids with movies and
books during a road trip may not be the best thing for them,
especially if they are easily car sick. Encourage them to
focus on things outside the vehicle instead.
Offer distractions. Talking, listening to music and singing
songs with your child could serve as a good distraction during
a car trip.
Provide adequate air ventilation. Make sure the car is free of
odors and there is a decent amount of ventilation.
careful with snacks. Greasy and spicy foods are not going to
be good for your child before a car trip. If the trip is going
to be long, feed your child a small, bland snack before you
medication. If your child is age 2 or older, ask your child’s
health care provider about over-the-counter medications
available for car sickness. Dimenhydrinate is available for
children ages 2 and older, and diphenhydramine is available
for children ages 6 and older. Drowsiness is a common side
effect of these drugs.
you follow these suggestions and your child is still
experiencing car sickness