2 month old gets car sick?

Morgan - posted on 07/20/2013 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 2 month old cries and gags every time the car is in motion. At first I thought it was jut his carseat. But after trying all kinds of seats, numerous things to distract him even. DVD player nothing helps. He acts like he is in pain and suggestions?!?! Please I'm desperate

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Rene - posted on 07/25/2013

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My daughter is 8 and has been getting car sick since she was 5 mos old. My pediatrician told me to give her benadryl before going for a car ride and to make sure that she isn't overheated. I always made sure I took her coat off in the car and that she was near a window so that she could get fresh air. She has grown out of it a lot, but still gets sick sometimes. I could go a mile and she would get sick, it is very frustrating.

Tiffany Hwang - posted on 07/28/2013

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I feel for you. My baby comes to work with me. It's a 50 min ride, he use to cry almost the whole way home. I would stop, feed him, console him...nothing worked! Out of the blue one day..he just stopped. I guess he out grew it?
Mine did not gag. Is it from the crying maybe? Good luck. I know it bothers you. You have many of us on your side.

Julia - posted on 07/25/2013

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My daughter, now 11, has had issues with car sickness her entire life. We had to be careful when we fed her in relation to taking a trip of any length and long trips (over 45 minutes or so) we had to stop and take a break, as in get her out of her car seat and let her rest and relax. She still has problems and still gets a stomach ache. He also told us she can take some benadryl but I don't know about a baby at only 2 months old. Ask your doctor what you can try. We used to plan our trips around her sleeping so she wasn't as upset when we went anywhere and that seemed to work as well. Good luck.

Sarah - posted on 07/29/2013

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Ah yes....the mysteries of our little blessings. Not to simplify by any means as I'm sure you've tried everything but thought it worth a mention. Car seats aren't comfortable- check to make sure nothing is causing pressure that creates
discomfort; placing a blanket under the car seats base to reduce friction as well as a soft blanket in the car seat to reduce friction or slipping; safely securing a soft plush toy they can touch, see and hold and feel close to; wrap them up snug to help them feel secure; play a CD they can a that also enjoy in the house and out of the car; check diaper at waist and top of legs for pinching and cut down on visual stimulation in view from the outside and glare of sun. Movement and visual stimulation can be unsettling until they learn to just take it all in....which they will in due time. Good luck!!

Erin - posted on 07/26/2013

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My little ones have both struggled with this. Our pedi said it is exacerbated by both reflux and drainage. Hope you find something to help your little one.

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Darla - posted on 07/26/2013

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I have gotten car sick since I was a baby. My parents used liquid Dramamine with me. Ask your pediatrician about using it first though. Our middle daughter also gets car sick. I have finally outgrown it for the most part except when flying or on curvy roads. Good luck...I know it is frustrating and scary.

Mary - posted on 07/23/2013

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Hi there, poor babe (and mum) having to have motion sickness. I would take him back to the doctor or paediatrician about this.

Mariya - posted on 07/23/2013

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Maybe having someone sitting next to him could help you in finding out what's going on. When we ride in a car with our 2,5 months baby, I have either my husband or myself sitting next to our baby to watch him. Also, you could potentially buy one of those rear view mirrors to put aboev the car seat so that you are able to watch your baby while driving (I believe it's around $10 in baby'r'us).

What I noticed when my husband drove is our baby's head sometimes drops forward, when a driver accelerates (this is why I always have someone sitting next to the baby - until the baby is able to hold his head well). But this does not make him cry. So far he cried only in two instances: (1) he was hungry; and (2) while driving in a city with stop-go traffic - he does not like when the car is stopped.

In addition to colic/reflux suggestion, some other, more basic questions to ask: What kind of car seat are you using? (Is it a rear-facingg infant car seat? Convertible seats are not yet appropriate even though labels say they are good for babies starting from 5 lb.). Is harness not too tight, not too lose; does it not push into baby's neck and belly button? For how long does your baby have to stay in the car seat? (they recommend to limit it to 30 mins at a time).

I agree with Evelyn about the DVD player. Moreover, even the two toys that I have on car seat handle for our baby is not doing "the job" when we are driving.

Hope you will figure it out.

Sally - posted on 07/23/2013

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Try to see it from his point of view. We're operating under the social standards of the last couple decades, babies are still operating under the instincts of millenia of species survival. In is mind, the person upon whom he depends for his very survival ties him up so he can barely move and abandons him. Of course, he's going to freak out. Most babies do. You know you're keeping him safe for a short period; he thinks you've gift wrapped him for the nearest predator and left forever. Some babies get used to it fairly quickly; some after they're big enough to understand that mommy comes back; most when they're big enough to turn around and see what's going on; and some adults aren't too fond of car trips, but have learned the social skills to deal with it politely.
The best way to handle a baby who hates the car (especially a baby that small) is to limit car travel. Have someone else run most of the errands or run errands when someone else can stay with him. If you absolutely have to take him somewhere in the car, let someone else drive so you can sit by him and try to soothe him. If you must be the driver, keep talking to him while you drive so he can hear your voice and keep a hand on him if you can do so safely.
Good luck

Morgan - posted on 07/20/2013

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Hey actually does have acid reflux and colic and is on medication... but is fine and hasn't cried at all since starting the medication a month ago unless he is in the car

Morgan - posted on 07/20/2013

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Hey actually does have acid reflux and colic and is on medication... but is fine and hasn't cried at all since starting the medication a month ago unless he is in the car

Ev - posted on 07/20/2013

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DVD players for a 2 month old? I am sorry he is doing this but you need to go see his doctor and have him checked out. I doubt that its car sickness. He could have reflux or even have colic. But a doctor needs to make that determination. And honestly, not to be mean, DVD's at this age are not going to keep an infant busy or distracted.

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