Whether your children will suffer from kids travel sickness can be hard to pick, especially if you haven’t done many road trips with kids before. Even if you are a very experienced driving family, sometimes kids travel sickness can only hit as the children get older or you encounter some form of terrain you’ve not driven before (such as unpaved bumpy roads or windy mountainous ones). Here are some travel tips you can use to try to minimise kids travel sickness (for everyone including you).
How To Stop Kids Travel Sickness
The best way to stop kids travel sickness
is to avoid it altogether.
If you know your child is prone to kids travel sickness, it’s worth investigating anti-nausea products the you wear or consume before starting the drive that might help block any kids travel sickness before it even occurs. If the motion sickness is likely to be very mild, products like the Sea-Band wrist band (that operates on the theory of pressure points) might help. Similarly, ginger-related products (such as anti-nausea ginger tablets, ginger sweets or even the smell of fresh ginger) can help. If the travel sickness is very bad, you can buy kids travel sickness tablets that contain appropriate volumes of hyoscine hydrobromide, the active ingredient usually also found in adults’ anti nausea medication.
Be careful what everyone eats before embarking on a road trip with kids.
If you think your children are prone to kids travel sickness, avoid rich foods heavy foods especially those that include dairy. Instead, try to give them small amounts of simple foods such as dry biscuits or toast and ask them to sip small amounts of water rather than gulping down large volumes that will just come up again later.
Open the windows a little to allow in fresh air.
Don’t open the windows fully as too much wind can be counteractive. Also turn off heaters in the car to avoid stuffiness.
Avoid reading, watching screens or other activities that could cause kids travel sickness.
Instead, play family games that encourage looking out at the horizon through the front windscreen.
[For more travel tips on how to entertain on road trips with kids, see the suitcases&strollers story here.]
If practical, place your child in a seat at the front of the car or in the middle so they can look out at the horizon as much as possible.
Once You Are Hit With Kids Travel Sickness, How To Deal With It
When your car is struck by kids travel
sickness, the fastest way to solve the problem is to stop moving.
Get the kids out of the car for some fresh air for a few minutes, then get off the bumpy/windy/long road and to your destination as quickly as possible.
If this is not realistic, ask the kids to stare straight ahead out the front windscreen at the horizon.
Looking down or out the side windows will only increase the sense of motion sickness.
Have at least two spare sets of clothes easily available.
Then you can minimise discomfort and embarrassment for the child (and exposure to the smell of vomit for everyone else) and have them changed, clean and dry as quickly as possible.
Pack several plastic bags for collecting vomit and soiled clothing.
Have these in an easily accessible place so they can be easily grabbed for emergency use.
Cover the kids car seats in something waterproof.
This is especially important if your car has fabric seat covers otherwise you will all be living with the smell for the rest of the car ride and potentially beyond. Brolly Sheets has waterproof kids car seat protectors that you can purchase online.
[Not sure how to install your kids car seats safely? Check out the suitcases&strollers interview with a Child Passenger Safety Expert here.]
Provide some small sweets to suck on or a bottle of water to sip after your child has been sick.
This will remove the vomit taste from their mouth and make them feel a little refreshed. Beware of putting too much into their stomachs though until after you have finished driving for the day.
Remain calm and be understanding and supportive.
Many times kids travel sickness is accompanied by a strong sense of embarrassment for children, especially if there are other kids around. Be practical, helpful and keep reminding your child that kids travel sickness is temporary and will pass not long after the car stops moving.