Seasickness prevention


Seasickness preventionI will here briefly recapitulate tips for sea sickness prevention or treatment.

Absolutely fresh air. Eyes closed to exclude optical vertigo. Recumbent position to prevent or stop, nausea or retching; one pillow or none. If congestion of the head occur, raise the head on a pillow or two, or sit up awhile. Keep the blood saturated with nutritive material. When there is inability to eat enough at a time, eat oftener. If susceptible, never get out of bed in the morning or any other time without having eaten something at least fifteen minutes before.

If the patient is very sick and appears unable to eat or retain food, he will be able to take a small pint of beer, ale or porter in six or eight doses at ten-minute intervals. When the patient begins to eat heartily, he should beware of constipation. So should they who are but slightly sick. At first few meals, moderate eating, should be the rule for those who are, as they say, not sick. Digestion at sea is sometimes capricious, and sea-sickness often begins with dyspepsia consequent on excessive eating. Any alcoholic liquors, if used by the sea-sick, should be taken in unusually small quantities at a time. Whenever the quantity given (of any food) does not stay down, try less at a time and at shorter intervals.

Those who go to sea for duty or pleasure, will, in cases of liability to sea-sickness, consult their physician, just as they consult him when entering a region subject to malaria or yellow fever, and they shall receive careful and systematic directions for their voyage.