We seem to have a family full of car sick kids (and adults!). Needless to say, we have a whole lot of personal experience with different strategies for decreasing those MUST-toss-the-cookie moments. If you're car sick regularly too, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. It just comes at you out of nowhere and ruins a perfectly good road trip to Grandma's house!
I'm the oldest of four girls, so by the time I was twelve, I was old-hat at sensing when my baby sister was teetering at the point of no return. My response time became so lightning fast that I could get the throw-up bowl safely tucked beneath her little three year old chin and catch every drop without missing a beat. But those moments are far and few between these days, because we've found some tried and true natural remedies for car sick kids that you'll want to try.
Simple Strategies for Preventing Car Sickness
We know better than to tempt the tummy unnecessarily, so here's a list of things we do every time we ride in the car.
- Never sit facing backwards
- Don't let other passengers eat strong-smelling food
- Sit in the front seat of a car (my sisters and I still call dibs on the front seat because we're always car sick)
- Don't read while riding in a car (this is the kiss of death!)
- Try to keep your gaze fixed on the horizon
- Keep cool, fresh air flowing through the car
Safe, Natural Remedies that Actually Work to Reduce Queasiness
We've tried it all. Everything in the entire world. And here's what works best for us and our kids.
- Happy Mama Spray: ginger, lime, orange and tangerine essential oils work amazingly well to cut through queasiness and calm both you and your tummy
- Sea-Bands: acupressure bands apply gentle and continuous pressure to relieve motion sickness when carefully placed according to the directions
- Hyland's Motion Sickness: homeopathic formula stimulates your body's natural healing response to relieve symptoms of nausea and dizziness associated with or aggravated by motion
- Ginger or Peppermint Tummydrops: helps to quell mild nausea caused by motion sickness (the sugar seems to settle our tummies too)