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Do your baby traveler get seasick or some kind of motion sickness ?

Although it is quite rare for children under 2 to be sea sick or motion sick, some of our children aren’t so lucky. If your child is often unhappy while in the car for no apparent reason, motion sickness might be the reason. Roadtrips are stressful enough for parents.  And if parents do not know how to deal with children’s motion sickness, it can turn even the simplest of day trips into monumental ordeals.

Many parents find a few tricks can minimize the affects of motion sickness on your child, or at least help the parents cope.

  1. Time your travel carefully– If your child is sleeping, he or she will less likely to develop motion sickness symptoms. Therefore try to plan long car drives that coincide with normal nap times. Some parents have even found success in putting their child to sleep beforehand and then transferring them to the car.
  2. Do not use toys, books, etc to try and distract your child. Motion sickness is caused by mixed stimuli being received from the eyes and the inner ear. By having your child focus on nearby objects you are only making the symptoms worse. Instead, if your child is old enough try to point out objects that are far off in the distance such as hills, forests, etc..
  3. Avoid strong smells in the car. Strong smells such as perfume or foods can act as a trigger for motion sickness in many children. Even some strong air fresheners in cars can act as a trigger. Instead, keeping the car well ventilated with as much fresh air as possible.
  4. Ensure that your child’s head is well supported in their car seat. The more bouncing around the head does, the more mixed signals the brain will receive, and the more likely that motion sickness will occur.
  5. Finally, do not stop travelling due to this. Research suggests for mos of us symptoms will fade with frequent exposure. As children get older they will be able to recognize the symptoms themselves.  They will learn to soothe themselves or somehow stay comfortable as they grow up.

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