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Old 08-24-2003, 02:22 PM
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Stave Off Motion Sickness In Children While Traveling In Cars

Green may work for Kermit the Frog, but it’s not a flattering color on carsick kids. Motion sickness occurs when the body, inner ear and eyes all send confusing signals to the brain. The result is dizziness, light-headedness and a queasy stomach.

So how can you help your child stave off motion sickness? The American Automobile Association offers these travel tips:

1. Fill up the gas tank before loading the little ones in a car. Newborns and toddlers are particularly sensitive to exhaust fumes.

2. Give your child a light meal—something low in fat, like cereal or carrot sticks—before leaving. Be sure to take pack plenty of healthy snacks, such as crackers, fruit and juice boxes.

3. Crack open the windows on warmer days. Fresh air can settle an upset tummy.

4. Occupy little ones by playing a favorite sing-along cassette or book on tape.

5. Divert older kids’ attention by playing games such as counting blue cars or spotting out-of-state license plates.

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