My Kid Gets Carsick, Now What?

While we were in Hungary on a month long trip, a very generous friend let us borrow her car while she was away for three weeks. Since we haven’t had a car for a while, we did not realize that my daughter, who never got carsick before, now gets sick on every lengthy ride if we drive in the early part of the day. Luckily, none of her “sickness” got on my friend’s car. But it did ruin her cute outfit and I was totally unprepared with a change of clothes.

Good times, until Ksena starts to feel queasy.
Good times, until Ksena starts to feel queasy.

So we pulled off to the side of the highway in the middle of nowhere, and went through half a pack of wipes cleaning her up. When we were finished she had wet shorts on, and a jacket over no shirt. Then I remembered that the friends we were meeting with had the same problem with their oldest daughter, and one phone call later, we were met with a tank top and skirt Ksena wore for the rest of the day.

I started thinking about potential solutions to this problem. You know me, I don’t ever want to miss out on potential travel. At the same time, I didn’t want every road trip to be torture for my 4 year old. The next few times we went on a road trip, I remembered what my mother had done to ward off my carsickness (which I still get as an adult, by the way) when we went on a family trip. I remembered that she would not feed me breakfast, but take something for me to eat as soon as we were finished driving. I also had Ksena sit in the middle and watch the road as we were moving because that usually helps me. Then I took the head rest off of my seat so she wouldn’t feel so closed in. Unfortunately, with all these plans in action, Ksena still felt sick most of the way there.

As a labor doula, I know that the smell of peppermint oil will usually alleviate nausea, so we went to Mueller and picked up some peppermint candies. They worked like a charm! Ksena didn’t feel sick at all, and she was thrilled at the prospect of getting candy for breakfast.

When we were at the airport on the way back to Athens, we all had Burger King (a very rare treat) and had a 190 forint ice cream ($1). This was not really a good idea for me, because I no longer possess a gallbladder and my body doesn’t process fat well. Our flight had a lot of turbulence because it was really windy as we approached Athens and I was feeling really, really bad. The only reason I didn’t lose it was because of the peppermint candies. I ate one, and then I was ok. So yes, I accessed my own carsickness kit for my airsickness. I also grabbed all of the airsickness bags from each of our seats on the way out for future road trips.

So without further ado, here are my recommendations on what to bring with you if you have a child that gets motion sickness.

-A change of clothes

-A waterproof bag to use in case they need it (a grocery bag will do, and you can keep an additional one as well for any soiled clothes)

-Peppermint candies (the less sugar the better since sugar aggravates nausea, but I make sure they don’t have aspartame in them because we don’t eat that product in our family since there have been so many links to cancer)

-A healthy snack for whenever you are done driving because your child is going to be hungary


These are the few suggestions I have on the topic, but since I am new to dealing with this problem, I would love any advice you can give me (along with the rest of the lovely readers). So please, comment away đŸ™‚

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