Preventing sea sickness

Preventing sea sicknessConstipation is very common at sea both among passengers and crew. It is chargeable with much annoyance, discomfort, and even decided illness which manifests itself by means of headaches in part. Easy as it is to terminate the discomfort, it is too often allowed to persist because the sufferer does not know or think of the cause himself, and neglects to consult the ship's doctor on the subject.

On vessels not carrying doctors, the captain may be consulted. His long experience with the crew, in respect of this trouble, enables him to recognize it easily and advise correctly as to its treatment. I have observed the necessity on ship of distinguishing between real and apparent constipation. When real, it occurs in those who are eating at least moderately, and who are therefore not more than a little sea-sick, if any.

There are occasionally those who are alarmed by the fact that they go two to five days without a passage, but overlook the other fact, the cause, nanlely, that they have eaten but little and retained less. They have retained liquid foods almost exclusively, the greater part of which was water. In such cases the stomach is empty;
so is the intestine. There is little there to constitute a passage. The intestine does not so act upon its content as to move it along, unless it is about full. A cathartic dose in such a case will fail. This fact when determined by experience alarms the oversolicitous patient the more. I was once called on by a steerage passenger in this condition - who bad tried full doses of four different and usually effective cathartics. His anxiety about his health was great. Some fellow passenger had advised him to go to the doctor. It required much effort to persuade this man as to the nature of the case. This apparent constipation is, of course, without the subjective symptoms of constipation.

Seasickness Treatment - Passengers should see that they are free from this condition at time of embarkation. And they should avoid it during the voyage. Make moderate use of moderate means. The sea-sick passenger should beware of constipation at the time when he has recovered and has begun to eat heartily.