Rear Facing

Nikkole - posted on 09/12/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 14months and is still rear facing, BUT every time we go on a car ride she gets sick and vomits i think she is getting car sickwhat should i do i know rear facing is safer but i dont want her to get sick all the time

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Sherri - posted on 09/14/2011

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@Ella it is against the law in the US to forward face before the age of 12mo's. So I am guessing you are not in the US to give such advice.

It is now almost law to keep them rear facing a minimum of 2yrs preferably 3yrs old.

Krista - posted on 09/13/2011

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I agree with Lisa.

Holy shit. Sherri and Lisa agreed on something.

/goes to lie down to rest her thoroughly boggled mind...

Sherri - posted on 09/13/2011

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I agree with Lisa. I would try everything to keep her rear facing first to see if anything works and if not only as positively a last resort I would turn her.

Minnie - posted on 09/13/2011

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I personally would try the non-medicated motion sickness bands before turning my 14 month old around. Then go from there.

Sherri - posted on 09/12/2011

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I have a teenager that still gets car sick easily in the car. A few things that work for him is he always has to have eaten before we go anywhere never on an empty stomach and we leave the window open a crack so he always has fresh air.

Not sure if this will help but it may have nothing to do with rear facing as much as just riding in the car period.

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Merry - posted on 09/14/2011

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Ella is probably in Australia, they can front face ridiculously young there.

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She may get as carsick facing forward. I always did. I still get carsick unless I'm the driver. Try dramamine for kids.

Ella - posted on 09/13/2011

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I woud forward face, but you got to do what you feel comfortable wth. My kids have been forward facing since 4 months. You can see if you are safe otherwise

Nikkole - posted on 09/13/2011

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Thanks everyone im going to try other methods first before turning her around it scares me to forward face her because its safer to rear face and she is so small (for her age)

Merry - posted on 09/13/2011

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Wow! That's awsome Sherri and Lisa!
Lol
I too would try everything possible before front facing her. Try the motion sickness bands, try the static thing, try not having her eat and drink right before, try a pacifier? If she has one....
My friends daughter throws up every car ride too but she's forward facing, so I'm not thinking rearfacing is the cause.
Broken neck is nothing to risk IMO.

Rosie - posted on 09/13/2011

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i would try turning her around for a while to see if that works. i got car sick often as a child and honestly nothing worked. i know it got worse when i was in the back seat though. obviously front seat is out of the question, i'm not suggesting that, just saying it's hard to find ANY solution when you are a car sick child. my moms solution was carrying a bucket with us, lol.

Amanda - posted on 09/13/2011

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I would also turn her around for a week and see how thing go. If she doesnt get sick then keep her forward facing. I am a huge rear facing parent, but I have turned my youngest around at just over 1 years old because of this very reason. My older son also gets sick, UNLESS he eats before the ride and has fresh air just like Sherri's child.

Elfrieda - posted on 09/12/2011

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Why not turn her around for a week and see how she does? If it turns out to be that easy, personally I would do it in a flash. My husband gets horribly carsick when he's not the one driving, and he's sort of ruined for the rest of the day (headache, irritable) from one 20 minute car ride, so I wouldn't want to do that to my kid when there's an easy solution, recommendation or no recommendation.

Nikkole - posted on 09/12/2011

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well i know i have to sit in the middle of the back seat facing forward or i get extremely car sick i have to be able to see the road! but i will look into the static thing!

Lady Heather - posted on 09/12/2011

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It did make a big difference for a friend of mine. Some people can't sit backwards on buses and subways and stuff because it makes them ill.

But I would definitely be looking for alternative solutions. The static thing sounds promising. Now I kind of want to research out of curiosity.

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I doubt switching her car seat will make a difference -- why would it? She's still moving at a high rate of speed?

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I heard car sickness is caused by static. I've seen people using a wire that runs from the car door and drags on the ground to get rid of the electricity. They swear it works.

Lady Heather - posted on 09/12/2011

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It's not law, but it's recommended.

I honestly don't know what to do about this situation. I know I've heard other parents mention the same problem. Hopefully someone who has some experience with car sick rear facers will show up here!

Stifler's - posted on 09/12/2011

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My 3 1/2 month old always spews in the car too. Isn't the law over there rear facing until 2? (you're in teh USA?)

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