How I helped my car sick toddler in a natural way

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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.

http://www.christysnontoxiclifestyle.com/car_air_pollution/

 

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 – 

    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,
Maria

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How I calmed my overtired toddler girl which fell asleep within 5 minutes of doing this beautiful practice

Last night I anticipated my daughter to go to sleep at a ‘good’ time. Her eyes looked tired and everything seemed to be going according to plan. We lay down and she began to feed. These precious moments snuggling tightly together, connecting really deeply on many levels they are priceless.

She didn’t go to sleep as soon as I thought so daddy stepped in as I had to facilitate a Healing Session on Skype. They went for a walk and we were hoping she’d fall asleep in her buggy.

As I finished the session I looked out through the window and saw them coming back. Before I even saw them I heard my daughters little footsteps and heard her vibrant, non-sleepy voice!

Oh no! She sounded so hyper and over tired.

I tried feeding her back to sleep again without any luck. She asked for food and since she hadn’t had much for dinner, due to teething I allowed her to go downstairs to eat. Back downstairs she ran into the living room where her dad was working, not seeming interested in food anymore.

Oh dear! The dance between food, feeding, daddy, books, singing….which can go on and on and on!

Instead of becoming stressed which I sometimes get if I’m really tired and need a rest, I let go of the pressure I felt, of trying to control the situation. As I did that I got inspired to do the following;

Intuitively I sat my daughter in my lap in bed and said: “Do you remember when you were in my tummy? We used to call you (a seed of a flower, which I’ll keep private). Do you remember my heart beat?”

I placed her head with her ear facing my heart. “Do you remember that sound? The sound of my heart?” Bit by bit I felt her little body relax more and more. I then layed down with her and within 5 minutes she was fast asleep.

What a beautiful experience and it completely makes sense that she’d feel more relaxed, hearing the sound of my heart beat. I don’t know why I haven’t thought about that before?

I remember reading an article that pre-mature babies laying by themselves in hospital without their mother, would benefit by listening to heartbeat music. Yet I didn’t think about it until now.

So if everything else fails and you haven’t tried this one out, give it a go!

The combination of warmth, touch, love and sound is a great way of soothing our little ones. I also believe that when we as parents take time to slow down and cuddle with our children like this, we feel more relaxed. Since children are so receptive to our emotions, it helps them to relax even more not having to feel our stress.

Another thing that made me feel emotional was when she woke up this morning, the first thing she said was her name that she was given when she was in my womb. The name I reminded her of before she fell asleep last night.

 

I hope my insights and precious moment with my daughter can help others.

 

With Love,
Maria

 

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