This article is written by reflux parents for the benefit of reflux parents, based on their own experiences. It is not meant to replace medical advice and is of a general nature only. If you have any questions or concerns, please seek advice from your medical professional.

  • Be aware of your child’s position in the seat as baby capsules and some car seats can cause pressure in the stomach area. Keep an eye on your infant or child over longer journeys to ensure correct positioning in the car seat.
  • Try not to feed your child before placing them in the car seat, as this may cause them to reflux more. If taking a long trip, it may help to have longer rest times to accommodate this.
  • If your infant is really distressed, sometimes a ride in the car will put them to sleep, though it can also make some more distressed.
  • In the car, it may help to carry:
    – Paper towels or wet wipes
    – Disposable bibs
    – Towels
    – A shade or towel for the side window
    – A large plastic sheet or towels over the floor; it may save you a lot of cleaning
    – Ice-cream containers, buckets or plastic bags for any mishaps
    – Several dummies if you use them
    – Baby talc to help you all freshen up after any spills
    – Plenty of plastic bags for clothing, nappies, food scraps etc
    – Changes of clothes for each child and yourself if necessary
  • Children with reflux can suffer from motion sickness. They may vomit, complain of tummy pain or feeling sick, or may go very pale. Depending on their age, try general motion sickness therapies such as blowing fresh air through the car, making regular stops and encouraging them to look out the window at objects in the distance. Talk to your child’s doctor if motion sickness is a big issue.

Information reviewed by Professor (Adj) Jeanine Young, Nursing Director, Research, Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane
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