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Is there a way to cure/prevent/treat car sickness?

we're heading on a 10 hour car trip soon. DD (5 yo) and i both get car sick and while we arent pukers, its still really unpleasant. have you found anything that helps or prevents car sickness? im willing to try anything that isnt super expensive. i also need something that would be easy for my DD to take/use.

Dramamine is a last resort b/c id rather not drug my DD and it makes me really drowsy (i have to drive half the trip).

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Asked by okmanders at 10:00 PM on Nov. 17, 2013 in Health

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  • You can buy a product called Sea Band. You wear it on your wrist. Safe for children and adults. Any drug store sells them.

    Answer by KTElite at 10:05 PM on Nov. 17, 2013

  • My grandparents always gave me peppermint since it was supposed to settle my stomach. In that same vein, ginger ale might work, too.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:05 PM on Nov. 17, 2013

  • Try ginger. It helps with sea sickness, too.

    I used to get car sick a lot as a kid. What helped me was to always look forward at objects far off (so they didn't appear to be moving).

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 10:06 PM on Nov. 17, 2013

  • KTElite

    Answer by KTElite at 10:06 PM on Nov. 17, 2013

  • Eat about 15 minutes before you start out. Try sitting up front if possible. My DD has the motion sickness bands KTE mentioned. She says it helps. Do not read while the car is moving.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 10:07 PM on Nov. 17, 2013

  • Sea Bands are awesome! Used them when I was pregnant for morning sickness, and use them for motion sickness. Also, take some ginger ale along just in case.

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 10:08 PM on Nov. 17, 2013

  • My DS gets car sick... eating ANYTHING an hour before we leave is a sure fire way to guarantee puking... so be careful with food remedies.

    Answer by Crafty26 at 10:10 PM on Nov. 17, 2013

  • we usually have salty snacks cause ive found that helps, but she's such a butt when she gets car sick. getting out of the car is the only thing we've found that works so far and there are few safe places to stop on this trip. i already dont let her read (i cant either) and we keep the car really cold which helps me.

    how do Sea Bands work? placebo?

    Comment by okmanders (original poster) at 10:13 PM on Nov. 17, 2013

  • It's acupressure. No drugs involved.

    Answer by KTElite at 10:18 PM on Nov. 17, 2013

  • they're pretty cheap...worth a shot! thanks ladies! i'll pack some ginger ale too...if nothing else maybe these things will distract her from feeling icky. she's very dramatic haha

    Comment by okmanders (original poster) at 10:22 PM on Nov. 17, 2013

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