Pop these to quell the queasies

Product test

Queasy Pops and Queasy Drops Three Lollies LLC, $2.99-$4.99, www.queasypop.com

My son’s car sickness wouldn’t be a huge problem if he didn’t live with us. That’s because our family is always embarking on some long journey—driving to Florida for spring break or heading to Peoria for a short visit. Even Grandma and Grandpa live more than an hour away.

So it was with hope that I offered him a package of Queasy Pops, which bills itself as a natural cure for car sickness and upset tummies. We don’t normally accept medicine-type products for product testing at Chicago Parent, but this one seemed made for my kid.

It was on a weekend trip to Peoria that I first offered the bag of lollipops. Evan, then 11, was less than enthusiastic. But after ordering his dad to pull over when his queasiness got out of hand, he was willing to give one a try. Within minutes, he was feeling better. In 10 minutes, he was ready to drive on, singing the praises of Queasy Pops to his curious little sister.

Now he is so taken with these pops that he packs them himself before any long drive. I keep a few in the car just in case the sickness hits on shorter trips. I have no idea if they work because the essential oils they contain are effective or if they work because he believes they work. Frankly, it doesn’t matter to me. All I care is that they work.

The pops come in seven flavors. He prefers sour raspberry, but since the sucker candies are only sold in mixed packages, he’ll be trying the other flavors once those are gone. If your kids prefer gummies, you can also find these in gum drop form (Queasy Drops).

Beware: These can be tough to find. But the company Web site does include a "store finder" function that allows you to plug in your ZIP code and find retailers near you.

Cindy Richards


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