Check out the benadryl, dramamine and bonine--depends on ages of kids. These pills will knock them right out! So check with dr if kids are under 12. also liked the earplanes when flying for the kids.
On the other hand, my kids never got sick, even in the rough north sea and the pacific except when one had an ear infection on board.... I always succumbed long before they ever did!
When same child was naseous( and worse) on rough transatlantic flight, kind flight attendant pulled out the oxygen and gave him a whiff before landing and he was back to normal. (of course, landing helped too.)
If the kids sealegs are untested,take a trip with lots of ports--not a panama canal cruise.
You can also try sea bands. I got some at a local pharmacy. I've given my kids Bonine (at the time they were 10, 12 & 15) and they were fine, no side effects.
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What you use or don't use totally depends upon your kids. Do they get severe motion sickness when they ride in the car or fly? If so then your best bet would be to ask your peditirican for a prescription for a childs patch. My girlfriends son is in this catagory and he does great with a childs dose patch.
If your kids don't fall into that catagory its a good idea to have some sort of backup plan.I am a huge fan of the ginger remedy - ginger candy to nibble on or ginger cookies to snack on at the first sign of the queezies.
SeaBands work great
Bonine also works great-either take it at night as a preventative or at the FIRST sign of the queezies.
The ships have wonderful stabalizers and chances are you won't even need anything.
Bonine or non-drowsy Dramamine won't "knock your kids out" as a previous poster stated. They are both non-drowsy and for most people, have few side effects, except dry mouth.
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My daughter has taken Bonine on the several cruises shes gone on and started going at age 10. One a day will keep the sickness away and she had no side effects. It does make me a tinsy bit groggy...but not sleepy.
We both use it every day of our cruising. If your kids are under 10 years of age...ask your family doctor is they can take a whole tab or should take half. If you take antihistamine for allergies...don't take them with the Bonine. Our family doctor told us that Bonine is in the same "family" as many antihistamines. Bonine will not dry you out at all.