Having sick kids is no fun, especially when your kids get sick in the car. I had never experienced much car sickness myself until I had kids. My daughter was right around 18 mths- 2 years old when her car sickness developed. The very first time she got sick in the car we’d been at the zoo all day. It was warm and I thought it was on the way home after a long day. Luckily I was sitting in the back with her to try and keep her from napping in the car. We all know how important those naps at home are! We were just about home and I could tell something was going on. She started coughing and then it happened. All over. I’ll spare you the details but you can imagine how fun those last 10 minutes were in the car. Blek! A few months later it happened again when my Mom took her to see Elmo Live about 30 minutes away. Car sick all over her sweet self before the show even started. Then again a few months later it happened on the way to her daycare, all over herself. And again and again this began to be a norm for her as we traveled.
We’ve big car travelers for long distances, See how I Survive Road trips. The worst one yet was on the way home from visiting family it happened about 4x and most of those times we could not get her out of the car seat and car in time. Picture me with a 3 month old baby and one vomiting 5 year all over the place. Me screaming at my husband because we couldn’t get the van door to open and my poor vomiting child crying. Salina, Kansas will NEVER be the same in my eyes!! Luckily I have learned some from all of these bad experiences and have become better prepared.
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Tips for Dealing with Kids that Get Car Sick
Sit by the window
No reading or electronics
Gum/Candy I try and always have something like these in my purse for anyone.
Personal space: I make sure my kids are not too crowded with things around them. They all need some space in the car.
Frequent stops: We try and stop every 2 hours. Everyone needs to stretch their legs and regroup.
Snacks (I’d love to say we stay all healthy but sometimes you just good snack foods!)
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Kids Dramamine (This is a MUST) It’s grape flavored chewable, and non-drowsy.
Barf Bag/Emergency Supplies: I know it’s not fun to think about but you’ll be happy to have a barf bag if needed. Plastic grocery bags work great for this. I usually keep some up in the front with me and a few in the back of the seats for easy access. They come in handy when you can’t stop.
Sea Bands (If space was limited, this is a MUST have) They are wrist bands kids wear and works for adults too.
My best tip is just to be prepared for anything and everything. It takes some extra planning and might make you go crazy before your trip even starts but it’s worth it to be prepared. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best motto 🙂
Do your kids get car sick? How do you deal with it?
This photo was taken in beautiful Breckenridge, Co. On our 14 hour drive home my little one got car sick. Now I’m the lucky Mom that has 2 kids that get car sick!! Thanks to my magic helpers above I will make the best of it 🙂