A change of seasons quite often brings bugs. I am pretty sure a stuffy classroom full of 5 year olds on a cold winter’s day also brings bugs. That’s when gastro strikes.

A few weeks ago my youngest did the unthinkable, he vomited in the car, all over himself whilst I was doing the school run. It was my own fault, well not the vomiting part, that’s a bug that lurches itself, out of control via the mouth.

The car seat and him, that was my fault. I knew he wasn’t feeling well. I had no choice but to put him in the car though. I had to drop the other two at school. I had grabbed a plastic bag thinking for a split second if he does vomit, he can vomit into that.

Good thinking. Yes…

Only one problem though. I didn’t hand it to him soon enough. Not more than a minute after my eldest got out of the car did it happen.

It starts with a cough and you just know it’s going to get nasty.

I reached and threw the bag to him whilst negotiating a right hand turn. For a split second I could have been rally driving considering the skill that it took to do that..

Have you seen that Ikea ad? ‘GRAB THE CAR, GRAB THE CAR” Yep I sounded just like her except I was yelling “GRAB THE BAG, GRRRRAAAABBBB THE BAG!!!!”

Too little too late, and unlike the Ikea ad, it was not a happy ending. Vomit everywhere. That bag that was meant to save the carseat made it worse. It just served as a slippery platform for the projecting vomit to travel on.

So this brings me to today.

Middle child wakes with a funny tummy. Ahhhhh ahhh moment, grab a bag for the car trip. Just.in.case.

Grasshopper has learnt well, said bag given to said child early on and what do you know, that lurching out of control bug is contained!

Gastro and cars do not bode well. Although today was a win for me and no carseat to clean up either!

  • The worst is when the vomit hits the windscreen from the backseat and is running rapidly down the inside of the screen towards the aircon vents that was my nightmare with a suddenly travel sick young man at 100km per hour a hasty retreat to pull over and stop that material!! and in the middle of a drought no less in a country town with tank water the clean up was not good!

    • omgosh that sounds awful!!! You poor thing.


  • If 1 kid out of 3 is sick with gastro id quarantine them all coz its so easily shared…


  • this is great to read


  • lol poor you….nothing worse than sick kids :(


  • Can remember one of my little daring vomiting in the lounge chair, the chair was just never the same after that.
    Thanks for sharing and best wishes for good health everyone.


  • my kids had this one time and thank god it wasn’t too bad for my eldest child but my baby got it at 6months and yeah that was scary to watch my baby projectile vomit everywhere. i made a few doctor’s trips to make sure they were fine and i had to get that second opinion but all i wanted to do was let them stay in bed. lucky there were no issues while we were waiting.


  • Thanks for sharing this article; can relate to this!


  • Good thinking second time around


  • Gastro and cars, not a great mix!


  • Seems in our family when one gets it everyone does, nightmarish days when we all have it :/


  • Know it will happen to me one day. Still pretending that it won’t.


  • Gastro – what a nightmare! Thanks for sharing


  • Yep been there done that. The worst part is getting rid of the smell


  • yep we have all been there, done that…no fun, thankfully gastro dosen,t stay forever


  • The smell seems to hang around forever arrrrg


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