Car sickness?

Rebecca - posted on 09/07/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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So i have an almost 9 month old son who after abuot 20 minutes in the car will start screaming his head off, food won't stop it, soother or toys don't help, I try singing everything, he gets so worked up that when we get somewhere it will take him a good while to calm down, I stop several times but once we get back going he starts again. So I am looking for help on what to do, my in laws live 2.5 hours away and are constantly demanding we visit I have tried on several occasions to tell them what a horrible traveller he is but I think they think I am lying. Could it be car sickness? Does infant gravol exist? What can I do?

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Kylie - posted on 09/07/2009

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so his seat faces front ,he has toys and soothers tried feeding in the car? do you have tinted windows at all ? maybe he can't see out them ? although i did have really bad car sickness when i was a kid my mum would give me phenergan from the chemist its for little ones and i'v had to give it to my son when we go on long drives..works great sometimes makes him sleepy though but thats ok cos he sleeps through the trip...

Candice - posted on 09/07/2009

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my daughter doesn't last very long in the car either. i think they just hate being strapped in so long. i wish i had an answer for you. i hoped to take her away for a trip this year...but i don't see that happening.

Rebecca - posted on 09/07/2009

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Thanks for all your suggestions maybe I'll try getting somethings for the windows, the problem is he has been like this most of his little life since at least 4 months old so I don't see it fading anytime soon and he is in a convertible seat, so I just don't know

Sarah - posted on 09/07/2009

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Every kid goes through a period at one point or another where they decide that they don't want to be in their car seats. Sometimes it's when they're really tiny, sometimes older. Most of the time, it has to do with them not wanting to be confined/constrained as they are in a a seat. I would highly doubt that it's car or motion sickness at this point.



So, a couple of things you can try...first, make sure that he's comfortable in his seat. Is the harness snug, but not so tight that it's cutting in or squishing him? Is there anything poking him? Is he getting too hot? Secondly, is he in an infant only seat or a rear-facing convertible? If he's in the infant seat still, you might think about going ahead and getting a convertible seat for him. Those tend to feel more open/roomy for kids. They also can be installed in a more upright position (as long as LO has good head control) than you can get with an infant seat. As they get older, many kids appreciate the more upright situation because it allows them to see better.



Some people recommend turning a child forward-facing to help with this. As a CPST, I would NOT suggest that you do this. Not only is your son way too young to safely be forward-facing, but the AAP now recommends rear-facing children to the limits of their seat or to at least age 2. It is just so much safer that way.



If checking his comfort or trying a rear-facing convertible seat don't work, then I'd try some new (soft) toys and maybe some colorful window clings for him to look at. Baring that, you may just have to wait this out. It usually passes in a few weeks or months. It's generally just a phase that they go through. Not fun for mommy, for sure, but just a part of the deal. As to your inlaws, tell them to stuff it...or have your DH tell them. You're the parents, you make the decisions about what is and is not doable for your family. If they want to see him and you are not able to travel easily, then it shouldn't be that big of a deal for them to come see you. If you need to smooth things over, maybe offer to pay for part of the gas or something.

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