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Is this the beginnings of travel sickness?

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neverlookback Sun 19-May-13 16:47:23

Hi we have booked to drive to France for our summer hol,the drive

neverlookback Sun 19-May-13 16:51:44

Stupid iPad!!!
Was going to say, the drive down to Portsmouth is going to take 4/5 hours then a couple of hours on the France side, but I'm getting a bit worried as when we go on any journey over half an hour ds who is 4 gets really bad tummy ache, he says he doesn't feel sick but cries and cries with the pain?
Any idea what it is? Could it be travel sickness and I wonder if the medicine you can get would help?
Any advice please? Thanks

loopsngeorge Tue 21-May-13 22:53:31

My DD is 4 and also talks about her tummy hurting in the car. She has never actually been sick but goes pale etc. so I'm sure this is travel sickness. I got some travel sickness tablets from Boots for holidays - definitely worth trying. In the US we used to use Dramamine for our son but they use a different drug here. The pharmacist said Dramamine is a very good one to use though so if you see it I would give it a try!

mrsfollowill Tue 21-May-13 23:07:23

My DS started with travel sickness at around 3/4 - pale, clammy and stomach ache but eventually spectacular vomiting! I suffered horribly as a child (so did DH) but grew out of it by age 12/13. ' Joyrides' are your friend- easy to chew travel sickness tablets (don't give him 'Qwells'- they make you terribly thirsty).
If you don't like 'drugs' peppermints help a bit and some people swear by special wristbands
Have a great holiday but make sure he takes something- I have awful memories from that age dreading getting in the car.

easylife73 Tue 21-May-13 23:08:43

Might not be travel sickness, it could be childhood migraine, which bizarrely doesn't involve a headache at all. My son used to get tummy ache and go a funny shade of green, but strangely could read, watch a DVD or play on his DS in the car, all things I could never have done when I was a child with travel sickness! He ended up having what looked like a stroke when he was about 7 (not whilst in the car), scared us silly and had to be investigated for epilepsy, etc BUT I believe it was childhood migraine all along. To the best of my knowledge it will cause no lasting damage, but symptoms can look like travel sickness. Try seeing if watching a DVD etc helps, as both my boys travel better when looking at a screen of some sort. (Aside from anything else, in-car DVDs are, in my opinion, a life-saver on ling journeys to France...we've riven as far as Spain with no sickness from either of them so far...)

neverlookback Wed 22-May-13 07:45:57

Thanks for your help, it does sound like sickness I'll get some medicine or chews from the chemist
I do suffer from migraines but never did a a child, I'll have a read up on those too, thanks

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