Car sickness cures
Remember when baby used to drop her bottle of milk in the car and a few days later the car stank of sour, curdled, milk? Well, times that smell by a million and that's a car that has had a kid in it who was car sick. And even worse is that smell will never go away. Convinced you should read our tips now? We thought so.
- Plan to travel at night or early in the morningwhen children are more likely to sleep through the journey.
- Avoid a heavy meal beforehand, especially fried food or fried snacks. Instead, offer the kids a light snack such as crackers, fruit or carrot/celery sticks.
- Keep car windows open to a safe level to allow fresh air to circulate.
- Keep smells neutral: don't smoke in the car, wear perfume or aftershave.
- Keep children occupied. Tell them stories, talk to them about things they are interested in or have been studying.
- Play games to distract your child from feeling sick
- If children are small, make sure you boost the height of their chair so that they can see out of the front window.
- If children start to feel sick, suggest they keep their eyes on the same spot on the horizon. Looking into the distance helps tell the brain you're moving and may settle nausea.
- Use book audiotapes instead of reading in the car. Focusing on a page while moving sends mixed messages to the brain, and that is what causes motion sickness.