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Whenever I ride in the car, I get carsick. Why do I get carsick?

Dear Dr. Cory:

Whenever I ride in the car, I get carsick. Why do I get car, sick?

Alicia Baker

New Haven, Indiana

Dear Alicia:

You may be suffering from motion sickness. That can happen when parts of your body that ordinarily help you keep your balance become confused.

For example, your eyes and inner ears help you with your balance by being very sensitive to movement. If you are sitting in the back seat of a moving car, your inner ear feels the motion. But, because you cannot see out of the car, your eyes don't see the motion. This can make your brain think you have lost your balance, and dizziness, sweating, and feeling sick to your stomach can be the result.

Some children get motion sickness more than others. Doctors do not know why. If your parents often got motion sickness when they were kids, you are more likely to get it yourself. Sometimes the problem goes away as you grow older.


Here are some steps you can take to feel better when you travel: Don't eat heavy meals before leaving on a trip,

[check] Ask if you can sit in the front seat. Look out the front window at distant objects.

[check] Ask your parents to make frequent stops so that you can get out and walk around.

[check] Don't read while riding in a car.

[check] If you often suffer from motion sickness, consult with your doctor.
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Title Annotation:Ask Doctor Cory; includes tips to prevent carsickness
Author:SerVaas, Cory
Publication:Jack & Jill
Date:Jul 1, 1996
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