2 year old gets car sick and complains of back pain in car seat


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We moved my 2 1/2 year old from an infant car seat that clicks into a stroller to a Graco 4evr dlx that is rear facing about a year ago. The very first time we took her in it she complained of her back hurting and threw up in it. She complains of her back hurting every time we go anywhere, even short trips and has thrown up 4 times now. She never complained or threw up in her old seat and had never thrown up ever before that first time. I'm not sure what to do about this but I hate to see her sick and I can't keep cleaning throw up out of the car seat. Anyone dealt with this?


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What vehicle is it and what seating position is she in? Have you tried forward-facing her to see if that makes any difference? Back pain and even bruising along the spine seems to be a problem for some kids the the Graco 4ever. Many kids don’t have the issue but I’ve seen reports of it more than a few times with this seat specifically.


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Interesting, it's a Honda fit (small hatchback) and she's behind the passenger side. Have not moved her to forward facing cause she's just under 30 pounds, but we've definitely considered it. we are getting a CR-V in a few weeks and that will be our primary car, so maybe the bigger vehicle with better air circulation will help?


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I believe you can use the extra cushion in the bottom of the seat rear-facing regardless of the child's size in the 4Ever. Check your manual, and try it to see if it helps with the pain if it's allowed on your seat.

I wonder if the vomiting is because she's sitting up much higher than she was in the infant seat and can see the world moving by more. She is also at the same age that my nieces who are sisters developed motion sickness and had to be turned forward-facing. They had been in a rear-facing convertible for over a year when they started having trouble, though. You could also look into the Noggle to help get more air to her.

Trying different angles of recline could make a difference for one or both issues as well. Good luck!

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