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Some might say that Peter’s biggest mistake while on a solo trip with the boys is giving them a combination of red Powerade and Cheetos. It certainly was his first thought when Quinn suddenly woke up after briefly falling asleep with the dreaded “I’m going to throw up” statement. Within 10 seconds orange and red puke was all over the backseat of our car. As in all over Quinn, all over the seats, all over the floor, every little crevice. Everywhere.
I wouldn’t blame the Powerade and Cheetos, although it isn’t a combination I would have likely sanctioned if I’d been on the trip. As soon as he texted me about the puke-tastrophe I knew what had happened. What Peter had forgotten to do BEFORE letting Quinn eat Cheetos and drink Powerade and play iPad while driving up the curvy mountain roads… He forgot Quinn’s motion sickness medicine.
Peter paid the price, though. I can only imagine the panic that suddenly hit him as he saw Quinn vomiting all over the car while he was driving, helpless to do anything. They were SO close to their destination that he opted to drive 10 more minutes and just clean up the disaster at our cabin. Of course, that means they had to survive that 10-minute ride in the vomit-mobile. They rolled down the windows and Peter kept telling the boys to look out the window and NOT at the vomit everywhere around them.
We discovered a few years back that Quinn inherited my motion sickness. The only solution that seems to work for us is sleeping through the road trip or taking Dramamine®. We thought Elliot lucked out and didn’t inherent the motion sickness tendency until this summer when he had his own sudden puking incident on our way through the Salt River Canyon.
Now we need to buy Dramamine® for Kids in bulk, it’s the only way we can travel. It treats motion sickness on the spot (if you forget to take it ahead of time which will NEVER happen in our family again) and prevents nausea, dizziness, vomiting and queasiness. I feel comfortable giving it to my boys because it’s formulated for kids ages 2-12 and is the #1 Pharmacist recommended brand. Thankfully the kids version comes in a chewable grape flavor, so it’s easier for them to take it. If your kid shows signs of motion sickness, definitely give it a try and save a little money by grabbing a coupon first.
Looking back, I’m thankful I didn’t have to deal with the puke-tastrophe but at the time I was totally stressed out to receive the text about it while I was out of state for a conference. I knew if I had been home and traveling with the boys, it wouldn’t have happened. I wouldn’t have forgotten to give him the medicine since I take it myself. I don’t think Peter will ever forget now either. Never forget to give the motion sickness people their medicine before taking a road trip or carry lots of baby wipes and plastic bags to clean up the mess.