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Preventing and treating seasickness

What is seasickness?

Seasickness is a type of motion sickness that occurs when a person's inner ear, which helps with balance, senses motion conflicting with what their eyes see. It commonly happens during sea travel, causing symptoms like nausea, dizziness, and vomiting.

How to prevent seasickness?

To prevent seasickness, you can try:

1. Choose a central location on the ship or boat where motion is less pronounced.

2. Keep your gaze on the horizon to help your eyes and inner ear sync up.

3. Avoid heavy meals and opt for light, easily digestible foods. Ginger buscuits are excellent.

4. Stay hydrated but avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine. Also try to get plenty of sleep before travelling.

5. Consider using over-the-counter or prescription motion sickness medications.

Consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice, especially if you have specific health conditions or concerns.

How should I treat somebody who has seasickness?

If someone is experiencing seasickness, you can help by:

1. Keep them cool and well-ventilated: Fresh air can often alleviate symptoms.

2. Encourage them to focus on the horizon: This can help synchronize their visual and inner ear signals.

3. Suggest a change in position: Lying down or sitting with eyes closed might ease discomfort.

4. Offer ginger: It has anti-nausea properties and can be consumed as ginger tea or in ginger candies.

5. Provide water: Keep them hydrated, but avoid large amounts at once.

6. Avoid strong odors: Nausea can be exacerbated by certain smells.

If symptoms persist or worsen, it's advisable to seek professional medical advice by making an 'Urgency' DSC call, and a voice Pan-Pan call asking for medical advice.

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