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Our family takes road trips often and being in Colorado we almost always have to drive through mountain passes. As my kids have gotten older we have had the unfortunate gift of motion sickness. We tried everything, but at almost the exact same spot on our trip we ended up with a smelly mess and a very sad kiddos. Since we’ve been at this for a while I thought I would share with you our dos and don’ts on how to treat motion sickness in kids.
How to Treat Motion Sickness in Kids
On one of our trips through the mountain passes we were in a rental car, the oldest was in the very back with the grandparents’ dog (they are besties), it was winter so the heater was on, and the kiddo was eating all kinds of snacks. All of a sudden we hear him mumble something and before we could react he had thrown up all over the dog, who proceeded to shake all over the back seat. I was pregnant so my mother-in-law had to do most of the cleaning and let me tell you it was everywhere! So with that said I am going to start with what to avoid, the don’ts of motion sickness.
- Eat a large meal or travel with snacks. At first I thought snacks were best for travel because it helped pass the time but meals and snacks could cause upset tummies. Keep snacks to something simple like crackers that won’t upset the stomach too much.
- Use the heater. I’m not saying to freeze just remember to keep the inside of your car somewhat cool. Besides helping the driver from dozing this will help those with motion sickness feel more comfortable.
- Pack too many toys and games, and especially books! It’s best to keep your eyes on the horizon (or up ahead when you are in the mountains) and toys are a huge distraction for kids. Having no toys can be rough too so the time of day you travel can be a factor, more on this later. I like to pack airplanes because they can pretend to fly them while looking forward.
- Be prepared. We started packing towels, extra butt wipes, and air fresheners. Since the mess was inevitable we would put a towel on our kiddo to prevent throw up from getting into his carseat – awful mess to clean up. We would tuck it under his chin even. After a couple of trips he started to ask for a towel. Also pack and extra pair of clothes
- Travel at night or during nap time. I sometimes have my kids skip their nap so they are extra tired and will fall asleep. This will keep them from wanting toys and not looking at the road. I realize some kids get extra fussy when they are tired and do not fall asleep, and it won’t treat motion sickness for every kid.
- Make frequent stops. I much rather get the trip over with but when a family member gets motion sick it’s nice to take extra stops.
- Pack trash bags. For us the stinky mess was inevitable and it was nice to be able to put clothes and towels into a trash bag. Lucky for us we typically stop at the hub’s grandparents’ house so we get to clean them up.
About a year ago I discovered something to add to the list and I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before. I suffer from motion sickness too and typically have to take Dramamine®. Did you know there’s a Dramamine® for Kids? It’s formulated for kids 2-12, which was perfect for us because our kids started getting sick about the time we turned them to face forward.
Since we started using Dramamine® for Kids we have had 0 throw up incidents. No more cleaning up kids and carseats on the side of the road! I keep mine in the glove box and the travel case makes it easy to find before every trip. Click here to get a coupon and try Dramamine® for Kids on your next road trip.
Since we travel through the mountains often our kids actually remind us to give them their “tummy medicine” which is so great because I would probably forget. If you would forget too be sure to put a sticky note on your dash. You definitely don’t want to forget.
Are kids aren’t in school yet but I could see how Dramamine® for Kids could help with motion sickness during the daily commute to school. Especially for those kids who ride the bus.