Izebella suffers quite badly with travel sickness, be it train, bus or car; any journey over 30 minutes and her tummy starts to hurt and out it comes before I can even grab a sick bag. I know the feeling all too well because I also suffered with it for many years when younger. If your lucky enough to never have suffered with travel sickeness then the nearest comparison would be morning sickness.
Tablets do work but side effects include drowsiness and a very dry mouth and I’m wary of giving them to Izebella being so young. I had heard of Sea-band many times before. But I was doubtful as to whether they would have any real effectiveness. I mean it’s just wristbands isn’t it?
Yes Sea- bands are bands that fit round the wrist for the length of the journey. However on the wrist is an acupressure point known as P6. The plastic studs on the bands stimulate this pressure point.
Acupressure is the technique of applying pressure to the acupoints and meridians. Pericardium 6 (P6) is one of these points, governing the movement of energy in the chest, harmonisation of the digestion and stomach, the regulation of blood flow and the calming of the mind.
The Chinese use acupressure on P6 to treat chest pain, irregular and painful periods, pre-menstrual depression, insomnia and to relieve nausea and vomiting, acid regurgitation, hiccupping and belching.”
Even with this information I was still dubious whether they would work for Izebella. So on a train to York we went to test them out.
It is recommended to apply both bands to each wrist prior to traveling, in our case that’s prior to boarding the two trains.
York by train takes just over 2 hours from Bolton and two trains are needed to get there.
The bands are slightly tight, this helps stimulate and press the right point, they did leave a slight mark on Izebellas wrists but they was not too uncomfortable for her and most of the journey she totally forgot that she was wearing her “magic bands!”
I am pleased to say that my doubts were proven wrong. She was not sick once there or coming back, no tummy ache, no headache or paleness or feeling at all unwell. I did explain beforehand that the bands would stop her from being and feeling sick so perhaps the notion/placebo that they would helped a little too, but they certainly did work.
Sea-bands come in sizes for children and adults. The child bands are really small, and older children would probably be better using the adult bands. They come in different colours too and can even help with pregnancy sickness and other things too.
Both adult and child Sea-bands can be purchased at Boots costing £8.95 each.
“Motion sickness is thought to occur when there’s a conflict between what your eyes see and what your inner ears, which help with balance, sense.
The brain holds details about where you are and how you’re moving. It constantly updates this with information from your eyes and vestibular system. The vestibular system is a network of nerves, channels and fluids in your inner ear, which gives your brain a sense of motion and balance.
If there’s a mismatch of information between these two systems, your brain can’t update your current status and the resulting confusion will lead to symptoms of motion sickness, such as nausea and vomiting.”