Top 5 Ways to Combat Seasickness

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The bad news is that if you are prone to any type of motion sickness then you are far more likely to experience seasickness. There is good news. Plenty of remedies and medications – both prescription and over-the-counter – are available to help combat, and in some cases prevent the symptoms of seasickness.

Strategies to Combat Motion Sickness

Number 1: Talk to your doctor – or your child’s pediatrician – prior to your cruise.

I suggest calling no later than 60 days before you sail to accommodate the possible need for an office visit plus time to fill any prescriptions your doctor may advise. Your doctor knows your medical history as well as what medications you are already taking and can help you select the motion sickness treatment which is most appropriate for you.

Number 2: Keep your eyes on the horizon.

If your seasickness is mild enough, you may only need to work through symptoms for an hour or so until you get your sea legs under you. Sitting on a verandah or deck, such as the Deck 4 Promenade on all four ships – with a view of the horizon is helpful. As is sipping on peppermint tea or ginger ale while munching on saltines (just ask a dining Crew Member).

DCL Prep School Tip: Even if you don’t have any symptoms of seasickness, you may need a place to just escape the hustle and bustle. The Deck 4 Promenade is a great place to relax and take in the stunning ocean views.

Number 3: Acupressure Wristbands

Acupressure wristbands, like Sea Bands or Psi Bands, are a popular way to treat motion sickness without medications or the side effects which often accompany them. The wristbands have a little knob which rests on a pressure point on the inner wrist which is believed to relieve nausea. My daughter prefers Psi Bands, since they come in a variety of styles and you can swim in them. Sea Bands work on the same premise, but are cloth, and you should remove them to swim or shower.

Psi Bands

Number 4: Over the Counter Medications and Natural Remedies

A number of over the counter medications exist, such as Dramamine, Bonine and even ginger supplements like Dramamine Naturals, which relieve the nausea related to motion sickness. Even though these treatments are available at your local drugstore, you should still consult your doctor to ensure that they are appropriate for you to take. Expect side effects when taking any oral medication for motion sickens.

Number 5: Prescription Medication

If you have worked through suggestions 1 though 4 and find they just aren’t enough, or if you are like me, and you realize that you have a stubborn form of seasickness, then you know to call your doctor before your cruise for a prescription remedy.

The most common prescription for seasickness – and the only one which seems to work for me – is Transdermal Scopolamine. It is a little round patch which is worn behind the ear. While this little miracle does prevent debilitating nausea, it comes with a price.

It does have the potential to make near vision blurry, and fatigue usually sets in around 10:00 pm – which I consider a suitable price to pay for sailing nausea-free. You also need to be mindful of the alcohol you consume. I tend to keep it to one to two drinks per day when using the patch. Only your doctor can tell if this is an appropriate remedy for you.


Other Preventative Measures

Watch what you eat and drink at sea. Avoid greasy and fattier foods. Also, watch your consumption of alcohol, especially if you are taking OTC or prescription meds.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. Please consult your medical care provider to determine which course of treatment – if any – is appropriate for you. Source:

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