Posted February 8th, 2013, 07:32 PM
I'm interested what everyone thinks. We are traveling with our four year old daughter on a May cruise. While she hasn't experienced motion sickness as of yet, I'm worried about a cruise.
Just wondering if most people do the wait and see approach, or maybe a preventative measure with kids like sea bands.
I have heard once the seasickness sets in there is nothing you can do... and I would hate this ... for her and me!
It depends on the length of the cruise. If it's a short cruise, and your child already seems to have some issues with motion sickness otherwise, I'd probably go with preventative.
The first cruise we took the rest of the family on was a longer one (7 nights), and I just brought along ginger pills, bonine, and MotionEze. Nobody needed any of it. I don't know that once you have seasickness it's too late to do anything about it. It just may seem that it takes longer to take effect. On a longer cruise, you have the time to "waste" a day while the meds take effect if you need to use them.
Our first cruise (DH & I) I didn't take anything, even though as a child (like 1 year old) I did get seasick. Turns out, I have no problem with it now. DH, on the otherhand, who has motion sickness issues, got the patch from his doctor. And he says that he thinks it was a good move for our first cruise. Since then, he put the patch on before our second cruise, and took it off after a couple of days because the side effects were worse than being seasick (he said). He tried sea bands on those days that were a little more rocky, and says they seem to work fine. Our last 3 cruises, he hasn't used anything.