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Packing up the kids for a road trip can be difficult. Making sure they are stocked with things to do to keep them occupied can be a tough battle on its own. If car sickness, a common type of motion sickness, is thrown into the equation, road trips can be even more of a struggle.
“Car sickness occurs when the brain receives mismatching information from the ears, eyes and nerves in the extremities,” says Jodi Breska, M.D., family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System. “The results of this sensation are upset stomach, fatigue and, of course, vomiting.” Dr. Breska says this experience is fairly common for children ages 2 to 12.
Although the reasons children are so prone to car sickness are still unexplained, Dr. Breska offers some suggestions that may help you keep your child from getting car sick on your next trip:
“If you follow these suggestions and your child is still experiencing car sickness, ask your child’s health care provider about other options. Identifying car sickness triggers can aid in making difficult car trips a thing of the past,” says Dr. Breska.
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