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    Default Car-sickness: Benadryl vs Dramamine?

    When we discovered that DD gets car-sickness on a regular basis, she was under 2, so we used Benadryl. But now that she's "older" is there any advantage to trying Dramamine? Will it knock her out less? She really conks out and then later feels out of it for awhile on Benadryl, which makes her angry.

    Does anyone favor one over the other?
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    As a child I took 1/2 a dramamine for car trips. It didn't knock me out as an older child, but I don't recall when I was that young.

    Now I take Bonine instead of dramamine - doesn't knock me out. Not sure it is cleared for little ones though.
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    I also get carsick on a regular basis. I use Bonine too. Doesn't make you sleepy. You might call your ped or the company that makes Bonine and ask them if there is a dosage that would be appropriate for DC.
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    My DD is 4.5 yrs and also gets car sick. We have started to use the sea bands (available at drug store type store). She wears them on her wrists. I think they work (no episodes since we started using them) and they don't make her drowsy.

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    Thanks for the replies! The cut-off age for Bonine is 6, but I'll check with our ped to see if that is a firm cut-off.

    Maybe I'll try the sea bands on DD next trip. I know One Step Ahead sells them, but it sounds like you were able to use the more readily available ones.
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    [QUOTE=Naranjadia;2384055]Thanks for the replies! The cut-off age for Bonine is 6, but I'll check with our ped to see if that is a firm cut-off. QUOTE]

    Let me know what your ped says. We're cruising this summer and I need to find a solution for DS just in case. MIL already bought a box of Bonine for us to share.
    DS Mar04, rising 7th grader. Reading Wolf Hollow. Being read The Return of the King.
    Big Boy Dog (1997 - 2008); Little Girl Dog (1997 - 2005); two huge goldfish; GoldPup (golden retriever born Dec14)
    Go Giants, Niners & Sharks!
    Family watching - finished The Lord of the Rings trilogy and almost done with Magnum PI, season one.
    Recently read Exit, Pursued by a Bear (YA, really good) and America's First Daughter (rec'ing for book club). Reading Too Wicked to Wed (fluff)
    "Everything is interconnected. Gratitude improves sleep. Sleep reduces pain. Reduced pain improves your mood. Improved mood reduces anxiety, which improves focus and planning. Focus and planning help with decision-making. Decision-making further reduces anxiety and improves enjoyment. Enjoyment gives you more to be grateful for, which keeps that loop of the upward spiral going. Enjoyment makes it more likely you’ll exercise and be social, which, in turn, makes you happier.” - UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb

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