However strongly and unconditionally you love your children, this love does not extend to every little thing they 'produce'.

You change their nappies because you have to (while breathing through the mouth).

You potty-train them as a matter of course, encouraging them throughout.

And you try to do your best not to vomit when they vomit.

But, as dad Ben Patterson found out, this is not always an easy task - especially when you're in a warm, enclosed space, much like a car.

The poor dad was driving along when his toddler gave in to the dreaded car sickness, and from there on in things escalated dramatically.

But if you're wondering "how bad could it get?", take a look at this message chain.

"Husband, dad, and American hero"


Already, his despair is palpable. But it gets a lot, lot worse.

As Netmums have shown, there followed a sequence of unfortunate events which are as follows.

He continued to explain, "I'm puking on some lady’s lawn in Burlingame and she comes out to ask me if I'm drunk while driving the kids"

Then
"I'm trying to explain that I'm a sympathetic vomiter and can’t handle the smell. This is SO BAD."

And then this
"Aaand now the cops have shown up. Aaaand now a Breathalyzer.

"Meanwhile Declan continues to barf.

"WHAT DID HE EAT BECAUSE IT SMELLS LIKE ROTTING WHALE BLUBBER."

How Ben's wife responded remains unclear, but you'll be glad to hear he passed the Breathalyzer.

While we feel bad for Ben's ordeal, little Declan's wide-eyed pained expression means he gets a healthy portion of our sympathy too.