How I helped my car sick toddler in a natural way


My partner and I don’t own a car which means that our daughter don’t usually travel much in them, only occasionally in family, friends cars or cabs. While on holiday to see family we’ve travelled quite a lot by car, every other day. She is nearly 2 years old but is still travelling rear-facing. I did some research and saw that it’s common.

I can get car sick too. However, I also get nauseous from toxic fumes like plastic. My intuition told me that it could be a combination of motion sickness, toxic air and something to do with the gut. Below is an article about toxic air in cars.


We made it through the car ride today!
Today we travelled in the car for up to 50 minutes in total. Before we left I opened all the doors to air the car for 5 minutes and removed the wonderbaum. (Synthetic/toxic air freshener by the dash board) She’d still be rear-facing. We also didn’t give her any food just prior to leaving and during the car ride. We followed the advice on not giving her anything that would take her attention away from the road. My daughter would only say that she had tummy ache three times. (Instead of constantly complaining) Each time I’d ask her to count cars, houses, trees or check what colours the flowers where. Then she’d not continue saying she was in pain. Since my father was driving I was sitting in the back with her. I would also put my hand on her tummy and had the intention to ground ourselves, doing a bit of Reiki.

I Intuitively feel that not giving her food prior and during the car ride, airing the car before and during the journey, removing the toxic air freshener, not giving her distractions taking her away from looking out and asking her to look outide every now and then really helped!

She used to have silent-reflux and still gets it sometimes so her being sensitive in general, like myself, I feel that the combination of actions may have helped. This was the first car ride in a while where she’d been fine for pretty much the whole journey. Since its the first journey applying all these precautions I’d have to still monitor it to know for sure. I’ll let you know how it goes.


More suggestions 

After writing this blog post and sharing it in different groups in combination with more research here are other suggestions:

  • FRESH AIR – Travel sickness is made infinitely worse by strong smells. Avoid perfume, petrol fumes or smelly food when in the back of a car or moving vehicle.


    Acupressure wristbands work by putting pressure on points on that control nausea and a study in 1995 found them to reduce feelings of sickness.

    They’re a new version of an ancient Chinese fisherman’s remedy. Wear them before you travel or slip one on when the sickness starts.

Has anyone else tried anything that works?

Please comment below.

Also let me know if anyone of you tried any of the above and if it helped?

I hope this information can help other families too.


Warm wishes,

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