1 Reduce Sensory input
Encourage your child to look at things outside,rather than focusing on books,games or movies.If your child naps,traveling during nap time that may also help
2 Carefully plan pre-trip meals
Don’t give your child spicy or greasy foods or a large meal immediately before or during travel.If your travel time will be short,skip food entirely.If the trip is long and your child needs to eat,give him or her a small bland snack such as dry crackers,and a small drink
3 provide air ventilation
Adequate ventilation may help prevent motion sickness. Try to keep air clear of any strong odors
4 Other Distractions
You may try distracting him/her by talking, listening to music, or singing songs
If all these don’t work, you have no choice but to give your child older than 2 preventive medicine. Over-the-counter medicine like Dramamine is approved for kids over the age of 2, or Benadryl can be used for older than 6 years age. Give only the appropriate dose for body weight. The medicines are absolutely safe in correct dose and do not have any long-term side effects.
Always consult your pediatrician at regular visits if he/she has any other suggestion. The preventive medicine always work in my experience.
- Don’t read in the car
- Sing while you ride
- Chew a gum
Trust these interventions will help, but have a small emesis basin available, clean immediately and use deodorizers to refeshen the car environment before continuing if he does happen to vomit.
There are many diseases that can present with motion sickness and these need to be ruled out. Most commonly, it is treated with a patch you put behind your ear called scopolamine. I would suggest following this up with your paediatrician. Thank you for your question.
Imagine a young child sitting low in the back seat without being able to see out the window — or an older child reading a book in the car. The child's inner ear will sense motion, but his or her eyes and joints won't. The result might be an upset stomach, cold sweat, fatigue, and loss of appetite or vomiting.
It's not clear why car sickness affects some children more than others. While the problem doesn't seem to affect most infants and toddlers, children ages 2 to 12 are particularly susceptible.
To prevent car sickness in children, you might:
Reduce sensory input. Encourage your child to look at things outside the car — rather than focusing on books, games or movies. If your child naps, traveling during nap time also might help.
Carefully plan pre-trip meals. Don't give your child spicy or greasy foods or a large meal immediately before or during car travel. If your travel time will be short, skip food entirely. If the trip will be long or your child needs to eat, give him or her a small, bland snack — such as dry crackers and a small drink — before it's time to go.
Provide air ventilation. Adequate air ventilation might help prevent car sickness. Try to keep the air clear of any strong odors, too.
Offer distractions. If your child is prone to car sickness, try distracting him or her during car trips by talking, listening to music or singing songs.
Use medication. If your child is older than 2 and you're planning a long car trip, ask your child's doctor about an over-the-counter medication to prevent car sickness. Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) is approved for kids 2 and older, and diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can be used for kids 6 and older. Read the product label carefully to determine the correct dose and be prepared for possible side effects, such as drowsiness. Nondrowsy antihistamines don't appear to be effective at treating motion sickness.
If your child starts to develop car sickness, stop the car as soon as possible and let your child get out and walk around — or lie on his or her back for a few minutes with closed eyes. Placing a cool cloth on your child's forehead also might help.
If these tips don't seem to help or your child's car sickness makes travel difficult or impossible, ask your child's doctor about other options.
- Dr. Afaneh