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Old 03-07-2008, 10:55 PM   #16
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My youngest dd gets VERY carsick and also has problems on planes. I give her dramamine when we fly. But more than anything I have found ears cause us trouble when flying so I make sure to have suckers, gum, sippy cups, to help them out during take off and landing.

I'm thinking about trying the motion sickness wristbands for my dd this trip. Has anyone tried those? OP - maybe you could try those if you are worried about motion sickness and do not want to give your kiddos medication.

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Old 03-08-2008, 05:53 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by mylilnikita View Post

I did this with DD before her first plane ride, play airport security so they know what to expect.

Just wanted to re-iterate this suggestion.... I flew with DS 5, alone (e.g. without hubby) over Thanksgiving, and did a lot of prep with him for security. He was old enough to understand basics (like keeping everyone safe), but I did not go into details about why there was a need for increased security. When we had our "stranger talk" when he was 3 or 4, I told him about "good strangers" like policemen, store workers in uniforms, and other mommies with kids (nice people you could ask for help), and "bad strangers" (everyone else!!). That helped too.....we were strangers to the security people, and by telling them who we were, and by taking off our shoes (they wanted to see our socks), and letting them take pictures of our luggage, they would be able to tell if we were "good strangers" or "bad Strangers"....then they wouldn't let the bad strangers on the plane!! IT worked really well for him, and I think because he was prepared for taking off his shoes, putting his stuff on the belt, etc. it didn't seem to phase him. It was sort of funny though....the ID checker just before security asked him his name, and DS wouldn't tell him.....even though he looked like he was dressed in uniform/police-like! DS looked to me, and AFTER I told him it was ok, he told him his name!!! I guess not all the info processed in his little brain!

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Old 03-08-2008, 07:31 AM   #19
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Ds3 has always had ear problems. And it just happened that any time we flew he also had a cold so I gave him an antihistimine and decongestant when we flew. Well, last time we flew ds had no cold so we skipped the meds. We found out the hard way that he has motion sickness. It hit him a little at take off but mostly it was on the landing. He was miserable and just about vomited all over the place. Probablly would have if the flight would have been just a few minutes longer. It took him an hour or two to recover after landing.

I've always had bad motion sickness, dh has none. I guess ds inherited that from me. The thing is, ds NEVER showed any motin sickness signs before that last plan ride. Now he's showing them in the car at times (when he's hungry mostly), but nothing before that last plane ride.

Now, I'm not saying to give them meds but if you don't do it make sure to bring some liquid benedryl along in case they show signs on the flight. Maybe if they show signs on the flight giving it to them will help make it less severe?? And if you're on your way to WDW think about what you'll do for motion sickness on rides too.
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Old 03-08-2008, 08:23 AM   #20
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whatever you do try it out before you fly. Also Motion sickness is an inherited trait. Just and FYI.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:32 AM   #21
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We have also heard horror stories of kids having adverse reactions to Benadryl and their kids end up being super hyper on the plane running around out of control....

As far as Dramamine - My husband and I once took that on a flight back from Mexico and we both nearly fell face first into our was a horrible experience. We were so sick! Therefore I will never give that to my kids....Try the "Sea Bands" for kids - they sell them at most drug stores and work pretty good!

I must say though - we have used Motrin in the past and it really helped - not too sure why - but our sons ears didn't seem to bother him as much!

I would just load up on TONS of stuff to do too! Coloring, Stickers books, and lot's of sugarfree gum! Maybe even think about buying a portable DVD player - They sell them for under $99 at Best Buy!

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Old 03-08-2008, 10:04 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by fortheluvofpooh View Post
whatever you do try it out before you fly. Also Motion sickness is an inherited trait. Just and FYI.
motion sickness is'nt nescessarily inheritited unless you've inherited a trait wherin one of the symptoms is a tendancy to experience motion sickness.

i had horrendous motion sickness as a kid (not as severe when i hit adulthood because i learned coping mechanisms) noone else in my family had any issues with it. as an adult i had occasion to go to an ear, nose and throat specialist who in the course of examining my ears remarked that he 'bet' i had awful motion sickness as long as i could remember. i asked how in the world he could know that (i'de never seen a doctor for it so it was'nt in my medical records). the doctor said that he could see from examining my inner ears that i had had an extensive history of ear infections (i did-dating back to before i could remember), and that the scaring inside my ear would point to problems chronic sufferers of childhood ear infections had-chiefly motion sickness. he went on to say that one of the primary comonalities among people who have motion sickness is old scaring inside the inner ear that works against the body's natural balance regulating mechanisms. he said it could be from repeated infections or one or more severe infections.

after reading up on independent studies i found that his statements were very soundly based.

op, if your child has'nt already had issues with motion sickness an airline flight won't necessarily cause them. if the child has ask your pediatrician what they suggest you use (benadryl and the like only address issues with the ears, so if the issue is because of a weak stomach adding something more to her stomach can just compound the nauseau).
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Old 03-08-2008, 10:43 AM   #23
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If you dont know how your kids react to those meds, I wouldnt try it on a plane for the 1st time! Both of my kids get hyper on benedryl typically (not sleepy!). I always carry benedryl on me though, as both of my DDs have allergies which they develop hives quickly and often all over their body.

That being said, I dont think its a good idea to medicate if you dont need to. I typically never medicate my kids before flying (unless they have been have any type of cold symptoms- for the ears). DD #1 gets car sick sometimes, but has never gotten sick on a plane. Both DH and I have varying degrees of motion sickness (DH being much worse) and he typically has never had any issues on a plane.
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:51 PM   #24
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Thanks! I guess the concensus is not to use anything. I wasn't looking to medicate them for no reason - I just wanted to be prepared in case any of them did get motion sick since I know what an awful feeling it is. I think I am as prepared as can be for the ears with sippy cups and lollipops (and I might try earplanes). I have seen suggestions for eating gingersnaps before boarding to "settle" the stomach and I also bought some crystalized ginger so maybe we will bring that as well in case there is any nausa.

As far as the portable DVD players - do they need to be strapped down in someway - what if there is turbulence? Can they just be held in a lap?
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:45 PM   #25
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I agree with most others. I would never give my DS medication if he didn't need it. I also would never medicate him for my convience (ie long flight, go to sleep).

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Old 03-08-2008, 07:46 PM   #26
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as everyone else has said, unless they have a problem with motion sickness i would not worry about the meds. i did always worry about their ears hurting, so i would breastfeed when they were young and give them something to drink in a sippy cup or gum when they were older.

in case you find that they do have motion sickness issues... my two younger ones have had extreme motion sickness since they were infants. i hardly leave the house and when we do they're usually vomiting within 5 miles. (we have multiple "puke buckets", trash bags, and paper towels in all our vehicles. ) i will only give them dramamine when we are going on a long car ride. they need to have it almost 1/2 an hour before you leave (otherwise mine with throw it up if we leave too soon or if i try to give it to them after we're in the car). once we are in the car-- they PASS OUT. slumped over and drooling all over themselves for several hours. just be forewarned in case they do get sick and you try to give them the meds.
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my dd6s sometimes get motion sick, and like to take a little nap on the ride over, but can't really with the turbulence otherwise, so they take Dramamine. It seems to help with any colds they have been having too, so that's good.
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The best advice our pediatrician ever gave me: "They're not sick when they're asleep."
Is this only true for motion sickness? Because my son absolutely has puked in his sleep. I heard him choking and ran him to the bathroom and he was puking before he woke up.

I wouldn't give them anything unless they showed signs of motion sickness. And I would test anything you give them - my kid's another hyper-Benadryl boy. The youngest might be fine - I heard babies don't tend to get motion sickness because they're used to the rocking motion of being carried around.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:05 AM   #29
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I had never experienced motion sickness until we flew to the world when she was 14 months. Just after landing boom all over. As a matter of fact when we visit relatives 2 hrs away she always seems to get sickk at the same point of the trip....

So for her 2nd flights I did use Dramamine. I will say that it literally knocked her out- I got really nervous at first.

Last time I sat next to her with a bag at the ready for the whole flight!

THe other 3 of us do not suffer from motion sickness.

I would probably buy it and keep it on hand. Of course call your DR. for the dosage before you leave. I would have it just in case for the way home.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:34 AM   #30
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DVD players do not have to be strapped down. You can just set them on your tray table or lap. We have been using ours on plane rides for years. It really works out well and entertains his most of the ride. Right before the trip I go and get all the newest movie releases and surprise him with them on the plane.

He also LOVED those The "DK" Stickers books They have tons of Disney ones too. He also loved the Magic Wonder Crayola coloring books as well......

He is 7 now though and will probably just play his Nintendo DS and listen to his I-Pod this plane trip.....

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