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Old 01-22-2014, 02:25 PM   #1
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Am I forced to Forward Face, due to carsickness?

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Re: Am I forced to FF due to carsickness?

Have you tried forward facing and he hasn't thrown up? When I was a child, I was prone to car sickness and it didn't matter what way I was facing, I threw up. The only time I didn't get sick was lying down on the back seat (yes, it was still allowed in the 70s) or sitting in the front seat.

Maybe ask your doctor for help?

ETA: I don't know if you know this but there is a connection between motion sickness and your inner ears. That is why I suggest speaking to your doctor.
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Re: Am I forced to FF due to carsickness?

Could you try putting his seat more upright so that he can look out the window more easily? Does he have anything he's focusing on during driving (book, movie etc) that would worsen his illness?
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No I have not turned him around yet, just contemplating this... And wondering other moms experiences with this..
Test it out and see if it helps. You can always turn him back around if he still pukes.

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I have a 3 year old prone to car sickness, and she gets sick rear facing and forward facing. Turning her made no difference.
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I would try it.
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Re: Am I forced to FF due to carsickness?

Unfortunately my oldest still gets motion sickness forward facing with the same frequency as he did rear facing. In fact at 12 he still gets motion sickness but it is less common now. There are tricks that help and he can warn us now (so we can pull over and he can vomit outside of the car vs in it) but it still happens sometimes. It has to do with the inner ear and vestibular system, he gets it from me. The only way I don't get motion sickness is if I ride in the front of the car. I can't even sleep in a vehicle or I throw up (front or back, doesn't matter). I get sick in airplanes too. It is pretty rare for me to get sick in a car now though I do wind up queasy from time to time. I know all of the tricks for trying to keep myself feeling ok.
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Turning dd1 FFing made a huge difference with carsickness. It didn't go away but it wasn't every time we were in the car. I think part of it was we were able to get the vents to blow on her better FFing which helps her a lot - blow cool air in her face and she is slower to puke. She still gets carsick sometimes at age 9 though so FFing isn't a cure but it did help dd quite a bit. Depending on your car, see if you can get some cool air pointed towards her so it is actually blowing on her - dd1 needs to air to actually be blowing on her face for it to help.
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