As per the American Society of Pediatrics, symptoms are mainly triggered by motion.
Motion sickness happens when your brain has a “sensory mismatch.” A preschool-aged child watching a movie or an older child reading a book in the car is an example of this mismatch. The child’s body feels the motion but their eyes are fixed on something still -- like a screen.
These inconsistent “incoming messages” to the brain can cause the body to react with sweating, dizziness, and nausea that can lead to vomiting. Children between the ages of 2-5 are particularly susceptible.
Here are 8 tips for avoiding car sickness in children:
When all efforts fail, and you have a sick toddler or preschool-aged child -- know that car sickness usually wanes by adolescence. If these tips don’t help, consult your child’s doctor for additional information. If you need more information, contact us.