Our recent trip to Bicol was not a very happy trip considering my son Gab puked on me while we were on the road. We left the house at 4am and at around 7am when we were approaching Quezon province Gab started to behave differently. And when my Uncle stopped the engine so we could pee and have some breakfast on the road side Gab started vomiting. It was the first time he had that and I wondered why. Not to realize at once that I had the same issue when I was small.
Surfing the web, I found some explanation from Baby Center website, and you check it here. So here is what they have to say:
Why does my preschooler get sick when she rides in the car?
Motion sickness happens more to some kids than others, maybe because they’re more sensitive to the brain’s response to motion. Motion sickness can also strike during a boat, train, or plane ride — especially if it’s the first time or the motion is dramatic, like turbulent air or rough water — or even while your child is playing on a swing set.
Motion sickness is most common in children ages 2 to 12 years. The good news is that it usually gets better as a child gets older.
What causes motion sickness?
The problem begins when your child’s brain receives different messages from the parts of her body that sense motion — like the eyes, inner ears, nerves, and joints. For example, if she’s looking at a game or a book while in a moving car, her eyes are sending a signal to her brain that she’s still. But other parts of her body can feel that she’s in motion, so they send the opposite message. The conflicting signals cause her to feel nauseated.
The same thing can happen on a plane during turbulence or inside a boat riding the ocean swells. Stress and excitement can make the symptoms worse, too.
What can I do to help alleviate my child’s motion sickness?
Be patient with your child, who is quite a bit more miserable than you are — even if you’re upset at having to deal with her motion sickness. And try these tips:
• Be alert to the early signs of motion sickness — queasiness, a cold sweat, fatigue, and loss of appetite generally occur before a child starts vomiting. Once you see the writing on the wall, stop the activity if possible. Pull off the road for a short break if you’re driving or encourage your child to look out the window of the plane if she’s been reading during the flight. If you can stop, have her lie down and place a cool cloth on her forehead. Her symptoms will subside quickly, within 15 minutes at the most.
• If you’re in a car, have your preschooler look ahead at a spot on the horizon. An object in the distance will give visual input that you’re moving relative to that point, and that will help resolve some of the mixed messages that are being sent to the brain.
• Provide some cool air. Let the fan or air conditioner blow lightly on your child, or crack the window for a breeze. On a boat, take her out on deck.
• For a smoother ride, have your preschooler sit in the middle row of car seats rather than in the rear; the forward cars of trains; the upper deck of a boat, toward the middle; and by the wings of a plane. Have her face forward and make sure that she’s high enough in her seat that she can look out the window whenever possible.
• Distract her. Motion sickness can sometimes be a state of mind, so try singing or chatting together. Or play a game that focuses your child’s attention outside the car, like spotting colors or animals. Don’t have her look at books or play with puzzles or any visually intensive games, though, because these will increase her disorientation.
• Provide a light snack before the trip. Eating may sound counterintuitive, but hunger can sometimes exacerbate nausea.
• If she takes naps, try to schedule the trip during her, since she’s much less likely to become sick to her stomach if she’s asleep during the motion.
• Keep activity to a minimum. Walking around the aisles or jumping up and down will only make matters worse. Try to keep your child as calm as you can, with her head as motionless as possible.
If your child winds up vomiting despite your best efforts, make sure that you replenish her liquids to avoid dehydration.
For mother’s out there, this is one way to assure us that this just normal and the most we can do is be prepared at all times and be as patient and loving to our kids.