I am planning to try a ReliefBand -- it looks like a wristwatch that you wear on the inside of your wrist. It gives off electrical impulses to interrupt the nausea message to your brain. They are available at Magellan's, Sharper Image and online sites. If you put "ReliefBand" in a search engine, you can read all about them. The big advantage is that supposedly it's the one remedy that will work even AFTER you feel queesy. Unfortunately, I haven't yet been able to talk to anyone who has actually tried it.
I never used the relief band on a cruise (will later this month in May 2003).
However I did use it flying to Europe.
My frist flight into London was very rocky for the last 30 minutes and I did not have the relief band on, I was sick for 10 hours after the flight.
Then on the next flight the next day, I did have the relief band on, the plane flying out of London rocked for 10 minutes like the previous day. I activated the relief band, and it kept me focused. I noticed a difference, though my eyes still seem unfocused. After the rockying stopped however, I turned off the watch, and I WAS PERFECTLY fine. No motion sickness afteraffects like the previous day.
SO, I believe it works. I believe that each person it will work to a different degree.
Will post after my cruise is finished early June 2003 and give you a 12 day experience, as I know this type of motion sickness is close to the worst andmany people would benifet from knowing more facts.
Ginger pills, ginger pills, ginger pills. As hard as it may be to believe, they work great. I first took them when I took my daughter to Disney World. I survived the teacup ride and could have done it again. It works.
If you can get the folks on the ship to give you diced or sliced fresh ginger, it would be great! Just chew a small amount (it should be peeled), about a 1/4 tsp.. The effects will last at least an hour. It's great for gas pains too.
Patches that go behind the ear and allow lower pressure on your equilibrium and cochlea are the best non-medical remedy and also, ginger contains triptifan(chemical in turkey that makes us tired after thanksgiving) and some sassafras...both of these relieve pressure above your 14th vertibrae(which includes your cochlea, equlibrium, and brain) also make sure any ginger ale you drink contains sodium benzoate(schweppes does) because it dialates your vessels and opens them up for added oxygen and lower pressure. Hope this helps!
I have always suffered from motion sickness, and I have found that ginger candy works. It is like a piece of caramel, except ginger flavor. You can purchase the candy at any Asian store. We take them when we take my grandson to Great America, it's great! I will find out if it works on the cruise in March.
I would most definitely recommend the seabands that Nanatravel mentioned. I used them on my first cruise last summer when I was feeling "sea-sick" and it worked wonders for me. It's definitely a great alternative, especially if your son is unable to take meds.
last year on the norway my husband tried the pils, ginger.nothing worked. some one told me about the seabands. cost 15 dollars on the ship but 20 min. after he put them on he felt great.he didn't have trouble after that.