Car Sickness

@lilaclady (28238)
Australia
August 22, 2007 1:24am CST
When I was a little girl I suffered car sickness at times, it was only this morning watching a TV medical advisor who came up with this little ip to help those who do suffer from this, simply put a little Bicarb Sode in the glove box, I remember my dad used to hang a strap at the back of the car which would run along the ground, it seemed to work, why I don't know, seems a bit crazy. Then I was talking to a friend about what is fella said this morning and she said that for car sickness ot morning sickness ginger tea is the best thing...so if you suffer from car sickness or have kids that do or have morning sickness there is a couple of tips for you....
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23 responses
• Canada
23 Aug 07
I still get car sickness. What is Bicarb Sode? Ginger tea I am a bit leary of that one. I just can't imagine that this will work. Do I drink it before I get in the car? Or do I drink it afterwards to make me feel better? I didnt' realize the strap hanging on the back of some cars was for car sickness. I thought it was to stop the electric shocks you get when touching the car? Does anyone know if this is true about the strap?
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@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
23 Aug 07
Bicarbonate Soda, I don't know why that works something to do with the air I think, the ginger tea you would drink before you go in the car and yes the leather strip always worked for me in the car and it was a very popular thing to see the leather strip at the back of cars...still do see it...
@balasri (26549)
• India
22 Aug 07
Nothing seemed to cure me from motion sickness when I was a child.Empty stomach,lime,ginger,sedation no chance.They tried a copper coin to my wrist to keep it through the journey once.I don't remember it worked wither.The longest distance I have traveled in a car without puking must be 50 meters.lol.
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@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
22 Aug 07
Oh you poor thing, I wonder what actually causes it...
• Malaysia
11 Sep 07
Thanks for sharing your tips. Both tips are indeed useful for me, and I will try it the next time my husband and I are traveling downtown. Actually I don't have car sickness all the time, but sometimes I get it. I don't know what caused me to have it at one time and not having it at another time. It is not constant. However my father told me that it is due to the air pressure in the car. I've noticed that when I had not traveled in a car for more than a month, I will experience car sickness. If I travel often in a car, the car sickness automatically gone just like that. I started to believe that my body is taking time to adjust to the different air pressure from inside and outside the car. Another factor that made me dizzy while being in a car is when it is a newly bought car. The smell of a new car is very dizzying to me and I hate traveling in a new car. Especially when the air conditioner is on, I can never tolerate the dizziness. My head feels like exploding. Lol. Again, thanks for your tips. I think I want to try it both and see if the tips work for me. Have a nice day, lilaclady!
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@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
11 Sep 07
I will be very interested in knowing how you go and if these things work for you....
• Australia
22 Aug 07
yes i have ginger works really well, the bi-carb soda sounds unusual how does it work?
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@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
22 Aug 07
I am not sure the reasoning of it but the man on the tv was a doctor so I don't know it might have something to do with the air maybe...
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
22 Aug 07
I used to suffer badly from car sickness when I was younger.There are tablets you can take that help.My Mother used to give me orange flavoured lollies to suck on which seemed to work for some strange reason.I also found that if I sat in the front I didn't seem to get sick.
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@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
22 Aug 07
thats a strange one isn't it
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Those are such wonderful tips. I only wish those things would work for me. Yes...here I am, 41 years old, and I still get car sick. I'm not so bad when I'm in the front passenger seat. But the back seat....no way! I pretty much end up hanging out the window! I've tried everything there is to try, and the only thing that helps me is good old Dramamine. I really like them for long trips, because I will take two of them, and I am conked out until we reach our destination. LOL
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
24 Aug 07
Sometimes it could be a psychological trigger, like a mental association. That's one avenue to at least consider if you are still coming down with car sickness. Other remedies I know of include: 7up (My bro was a car sick guy when we were little kids, this worked), Halls/Oral Suppressant (My older cousin's friend did this, swears by it), Horizontal Stripe (Seen this on cars, I'm guessing is psychological), Pepto (Sometimes its not car sickness but it could be the body itself), Suckers/Lolipops (My late doctor gave these out, cause he found the visits would upset the children at times giving them sickness on the trip home You may find some weird, but I've witnessed 4 of them and confirmed one thanks to another post in this thread. Good luck with that Lilac, wishing you the best, Pro.
• United States
7 Sep 07
those are some great tips,i will have to remember them if my babies ever get car sick.thanks so much.pattie
@nikkiwith (1074)
• Australia
22 Aug 07
Bicarb soda in the Glove Box, how does it help? And i'd also like to know how the strip on the back of the car helps? I've heard of the ginger and it does help. I suffer from motion sickness , i always have, and my 4 year old has inherited it from me. It's an awful thing to suffer from :( Whenever i go on long trips i just take travel sick tablets, they do the job.
@nikkiwith (1074)
• Australia
22 Aug 07
Every one only seems to have it when they're children. How do you outgrow it? I haven't unfortunately :(
22 Aug 07
I suffer from car sickness too. things which help me are chewys especially sour ones. also put the wind shield down. u can also try travel sickness tablets but they will make u drowsy.
@patgalca (15314)
• Orangeville, Ontario
23 Aug 07
There is nothing wrong with sleeping through a trip, but the pills don't always work unfortunately. Of course you don't want to take them when you are driving but, amazingly enough, if you are driving the vehicle you don't get motion sickness. Go figure!
@yanjiaren (9050)
11 Sep 07
I can only sit in the front mainly on long journeys..I never read in a car either. That really can nmake you go queasy lol. I will try out your little neat idea as it helps when you have lots of family members with the same problem. All the kids in our family get queasy and car sick lol. Thanks for that suggestion..
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
7 Sep 07
i never heard of this before,but sounds like a great idea,its amazing on how something so simple to try works and makes us feel better,i will have to keep this in mind,thanks.pattie
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
7 Sep 07
Speaking of carsickness, I was so afraid to take a bus, a truck or a car when I was younger. I always felt carsick and then I would surely throw up what I had eaten. It was so terrible an experience. But now it seems much better for me. Maybe it is just because that I have been used to this. Sometimes if I don't sleep well at night and have to get up early to catch a bus, I would still feel carsick. Yet I hate to take any pills for carsickness.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I very rarely get car sick unless I'm trying to read in the car while its moving or unless its a really curvey road. AT PEACE WITHIN
@alamode (3073)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I believe it has a lot to do with the inner ear-- if you're driving, you KNOW how the car will be moving, but if you're a passenger, and not watching out the windows all the time, the sudden changes in speed or turning corners unexpectedly gets fluids or pressures moving and changing in your head... children get it the most because they can't see out! Both of mine got over it when they got tall!
@patgalca (15314)
• Orangeville, Ontario
23 Aug 07
A few years ago we took a long drive (normally 18 hours but probably 22 with 2 kids) to my husband's hometown. We drove straight through the night. We had the magnetic strips on the back of the van dragging on the ground, we had the magnetic wrist bands, and we took gravol and still my younger daughter got sick twice, my older daughter came close to getting sick (she just got out of the van and refused to get back in when we were about two hours from our destination), and I felt sick driving through the night. We give up. Neither of my girls will ever drive that trip again and insist that we fly down. DH says we can't afford it. I don't like driving either. Three against one you think would work, instead he goes by himself. Now, after his recent trip, he may have discovered he can't handle the trip anymore because when he got home he was paralyzed with back pain for several days (needed to call an ambulance to take him to the hospital). I think some of the ideas for car sickness are bogus. Like I said, we tried it all. The only thing that helps my nausea is peppermints but I have yet to try those on a long trip, and my younger daughter isn't crazy about them. When gravol doesn't work, what else can you do?
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
23 Aug 07
I suffered from car sickness when I was a child and I found that if I did not read, but looked out of the window, that my car sickness was gone. I did like the other suggestions. I not only got sick in cars, I even got sick in buses.
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
When I was a child I used to experience dizziness when I ride a bus or a car. I think one of the reason is that I am not used in riding before because I travel less when I was a child. But when I grow up and I always ride automobiles then I get used to it and I don't get dizzy. Later, my first travel on sea is also one of my tiring experience because I felt sick and dizzy with the boat. I throw food. And I always experience it when I travel on sea especially when the sea waves are rough. So sometimes I take bonamine that helps you not to get dizzy while on travel.
@lisa_wxy (393)
• China
23 Aug 07
i suffer from car sickness only when i am not well.but my mother suffers usually,when the car start to move,she begins to feel dizzy and throw up.it is really painful.she would rather walk than use a car. so thanks for you advice.
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
22 Aug 07
I almost never get car sickness in a family, recreational vehicle, but ALWAYS on long bus trips. I think that it's the height and inability to see the road lines. My main solution was a ginger supplement, music, and a good seat where I can see the road, which strangely settles my nerves. Any sort of distraction made me feel better =D
@otters (10)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Wow thanks for the tips. It has really helped me get over my car sickness. :D thank you alot for giving me this tip on car sickness.