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Offline AndysJess

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Motion Sickness in infants
« on: July 31, 2006, 06:20:39 PM »
Both of my sisters-in-law have 18-month old babies.  Every time they drive more than a couple of miles, the babies get sick and throw up.  One of my sisters-in-law has moved her daughter's car seat to the middle so she can see the horizon and rigged a fan in the back seat to help keep her cool.  This seems to have helped a little, but not all the time.  My first thought was that they might have some type of inner ear problem.  I have never even heard of babies having motion sickness.  I have it, but it didn't start until I was a preteen.  Does anyone know of a cause for this....a cure?  It is really miserable to have your baby throw up every time you drive down the road.  Thanks
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Re: Motion Sickness in infants
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2006, 03:56:36 AM »
Poor babies!  That happened to my daughter too.  Ew!  What a stinky mess to clean up!  And usually at very inopportune times!  She will be three in October, and for the last 6 months or so, she hasn't had that problem.  We haven't done anything different, but she seems to not have a problem anymore.  Maybe she grew out of it.  What we did then was give her a half a pill of Dramamine.  I don't know how terrible that stuff is, or maybe its fine.  It was a suggestion of a Doctor, and it worked great.  If that were to happen to me now, I probably would try giving them ginger to suck on or something.  Maybe Tummy tune-up would be helpful.
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Re: Motion Sickness in infants
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2006, 04:28:49 AM »
Poor things!  I don't know the specific rules in your state, but if you don't have an air bag in the front seat, they will have less motion sickness sitting in a carseat in the front.  I know that ginger is the best thing for me when I have motion sickness.  I only get it when I ride in the backseat of a car, or if my kids drag me on a "spinning" amusement park ride.  I just can't do it like I used to. :)  Unfortunately, ginger is probably a little unpalatable for children of that age.  But you could have a few drops of tincture under their tongue.  Or they have crystallized ginger which they could munch on a piece in the car.  It  is a little sweeter, but still has a spicy bite to it.

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Re: Motion Sickness in infants
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2006, 05:44:03 AM »
Yup, ginger definately works.  Raspberry tea works too.
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Re: Motion Sickness in infants
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2006, 08:32:17 AM »
Thanks everyone!!!  I just talked to my sister-in-law, who was rushing out the door.  She turned right around and got some ginger tincture she had.  She is going to try that first.  Poor thing.  I will let you know how it works.
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Re: Motion Sickness in infants
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2006, 07:02:38 AM »
I don't really know what to do about it, but my Mother said I screamed every time we got in the car when I was a baby and threw up. She and I both think that I was carsick because to this day I cannot ride in the backseat. When I was pregnant with my fisrt I thought I was going to die when I got in the car period. I think some people are more sensitive than others. Isn't chammomile and lavender supposed to be relaxing?
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Re: Motion Sickness in infants
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2006, 10:19:48 AM »
I would consider having the child's ears checked. They don't have to have an ear infection for fluid to be pressing on the inner ear. If clear fluid is doing this, it gives the child a wobbly feeling as he/she is moving about. Add this to the motion of a car, and it's just no wonder the baby gets sick. This may not be the problem, but it's worth checking out. If there is no infection, most pediatricians won't notice the fluid because it will be clear. An ENT will know what to look for. Other symptoms that would raise flags in this vein include a delay in gross motor skills (walking, crawling, sitting), speech delays or impediments, crying when eating (it can hurt to swallow as it pulls against the fluid in the tubes), head banging, delayed response to verbal commands, etc. Just imagine your head filled with fluid that has no place to go & you'll get the idea of the many ways it could affect a little one.
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Re: Motion Sickness in infants
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2006, 12:17:29 PM »
I would consider having the child's ears checked. They don't have to have an ear infection for fluid to be pressing on the inner ear. If clear fluid is doing this, it gives the child a wobbly feeling as he/she is moving about. Add this to the motion of a car, and it's just no wonder the baby gets sick. This may not be the problem, but it's worth checking out. If there is no infection, most pediatricians won't notice the fluid because it will be clear. An ENT will know what to look for. Other symptoms that would raise flags in this vein include a delay in gross motor skills (walking, crawling, sitting), speech delays or impediments, crying when eating (it can hurt to swallow as it pulls against the fluid in the tubes), head banging, delayed response to verbal commands, etc. Just imagine your head filled with fluid that has no place to go & you'll get the idea of the many ways it could affect a little one.

What about grownups.  I'm very prone to motion sickness.  It was especially bad when I was pregnant.  I've had fungal infections in my ears, and I always feel like my ears are wet, but every time the doc looks at them, he says they are fine.  He didn't even find the infection, I was in so much pain I went to a specialist who finally cleaned them out.  I haven't been back because it's so expensive.  I usually just pour alcohol in them to try to keep them dry, but I wonder if there isn't more wrong.  I've had "wet ears" for many years.
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Re: Motion Sickness in infants
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2006, 01:27:43 PM »
I would consider having the child's ears checked. They don't have to have an ear infection for fluid to be pressing on the inner ear. . . . If there is no infection, most pediatricians won't notice the fluid because it will be clear. An ENT will know what to look for.

What about grownups.  I'm very prone to motion sickness.  It was especially bad when I was pregnant. . . . but every time the doc looks at them, he says they are fine.  He didn't even find the infection, I was in so much pain I went to a specialist who finally cleaned them out.

The above is also true of adults. However, it is crucial for parents of little ones to watch for as itty bits don't have the vocabulary to tell you what is wrong, and it can have long-term affects. In either case, not addressing the issue could lead to a ruptured eardrum or hearing loss.

Again, it is possible to have fluid buildup in the inner ear WITHOUT infection. GP's and other doctors that are not ENT's often have difficulty diagnosing this because the fluid is clear and easy to miss.
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