Motion sickness is caused when the brain receives conflicting messages from the inner ears and the eyes. The inner ears control balance and equilibrium, and the eyes judge distance and traveling speed.
Babies can experience motion sickness as well. This is caused by their bodies feeling the motion of the car, boat, or plane while their eyes are focused on the nonmoving seat in front of them. Nausea can be a result.
While motion sickness is unpleasant for the child and the parent, there are no long-lasting health dangers of motion sickness episodes.
Crying, fussiness, vomiting, sweating, yawning and increased saliva are all symptoms of motion sickness in babies. These symptoms are especially prevalent if the baby has not traveled before as motion sickness frequently gets better with age and experience.
Cracking the car window, making frequent rest stops and using a car seat can help diminish motion sickness in babies. Experiment with the baby's diet to see if he is more comfortable eating something prior to travel or if an empty stomach is best.