Child carsickness: You are not alone

May 3, 2013 | By | In News

With the bank holiday weekend approaching, families across the country are getting ready to pack up the car and go travelling, visit family and generally enjoy the unusually luminous weather.

?For many parents, however, a long car trip can be an arduous affair, simply because their children suffer from carsickness. If you’re in that category don’t despair, as you are far from alone.

A recent survey conducted by insurance providers elephant.co.uk has shown that 61 per cent of parents have at least one child who gets sick when travelling in a car.

Of these parents, only 66 per cent take precautionary measures such as packing plastic bags. For some, the issue is more of a problem, with two fifths of parents whose children suffer from car sickness avoiding long journeys altogether.

According to the survey results, the greatest cause of child carsickness is simply being in a moving car, with 54 per cent of respondents citing it as a cause. Reading, being too hot, watching DVDs, eating sweets and driving down windy roads were also common reasons for children feeling unwell on a journey.

Parents also respond differently to their child’s illness. Elephant.co.uk managing director, Brian Martin, commented: “Car journeys with children can be challenging at the best of times, but when you add in the complication of car sickness, they can become even more stressful for parents and children alike.

“Parents react in differing ways to their child’s sickness according to our study. The majority are sympathetic when their child feels unwell, but 17% get impatient as it happens so often and one in ten argue with their children, which surely can’t make them feel any better.”

So what is the best way to alleviate your child’s nausea? Well, 58 per cent of parents would recommend simply opening a window, with the refreshing breeze seeming to provide an effective remedy. A third of parents would also recommend travel sickness medications, though acupressure wristbands were less useful, with only nine per cent of parents saying they worked.

Allowing children to sit in the front seat also seems to work, although that old wives’ tale of sitting on a brown paper bag proves useless, with only two per cent of parents endorsing it.

It also appears that carsickness runs in the family, as over half of respondents with a suffering child also used to get travel sick themselves in their youth.

Worse still, three quarters of those who suffered as a child still experience symptoms as an adult.

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