Friday, 30 March 2012

Sea Bands Review

Living in a rural area, with poor public transport, a car is a must for us, and living in Wales I have come to the conclusion that the Welsh cannot build straight roads!!! We are over 2hrs away from our nearest hospital with long and windy roads inbetween.

Now whilst this isn't usually a problem, for poor DD1 it is a nightmare!

DD1 suffers from severe travel sickness. She cannot go even 10 miles down the road before she starts being sick, which can be very upsetting for her and a problem for us. In the past we've only found one over the counter medication that will work, which is a sedative, but I don't like dosing her up all the time. 

At one point her speech therapists were talking about sending her to a specialist school to help with her SLI (speech and Language Impairment) and whilst I agreed with her going if it would help her, I was concerned because the school is over 30 miles away and she would be going every morning and returning to her own school for the afternoon and with her severe travel sickness it would have been very challenging for her and I didn't want to have to give her a sedative every night. I was so relived when she wasn't offered a placement, not just because it meant her SLI wasn't as severe as thought, but because I wouldn't have to worry about her travel sickness. 

So when I was offered the chance to review Sea Bands anti nausea travel sickness bands I jumped at the chance to try them.

At first I must admit I was a little bit skeptical. How could these small knitted elasticated wristbands help? How could wearing something on her wrist help when it's her stomach that becomes upset? If they have no medication in them how could they settle her stomach?

So I decided to give them a go, just a short drive I decided at first, but apart from her moaning at first that they were uncomfortable (she soon forgot about that though) they worked, and then I took a big risk and took her shopping with a car journey of over 3hrs without her usual travel sickness medicine and she didn't complain once of feeling sick!!!

Sea Bands work by applying continuous pressure by means of a plastic stud on the P6 acupressure point between the two central tendons near the wrist, which is known to prevent or relieve feelings of nausea. Because they have no medication in them, you can use them whenever and as often as you like. Even pregnant women can use them to help them deal with morning sickness or patients in hospital who are feeling nausea's because of their treatment. They have no side effects and they work immediately. 

But what is travel sickness and what causes it? It's the nausea, dizziness and vomiting caused by traveling in any sort of vehicle and is triggered by your brain receiving confusing messages that whilst you are sitting still in a seat, your senses are telling your brain that you are moving. I even suffer from it whilst playing computer games although thankfully the distraction of driving a car stops me suffering whilst I'm driving. 

But Sea Bands can also be used by pregnant women who are suffering from morning sickness, and because they don't rely on any drugs, then there is no risk to the unborn baby! 

Not only that, but Sea Bands can also be used by patients in hospital who are feeling ill after operation. In fact I remember being violently ill whilst giving birth to my eldest and finding it very hard to push because I just wanted to throw up, I wish I had known about these then to help me because towards the end of a very long and tiring labour with projectile vomiting of my stomach lining! Another use is for cancer patients who's treatment can make them very nausea's and sick. 

There are three different colours available in their child sizes; Pink, Blue or Camo Green and are suitable for the ages of 2+
Adult sizes are only available in Grey.
They're also washable and reusable.

I would definitely recommend these to anyone who suffers from travel sickness, morning sickness or needs an operation or cancer treatment. If they can stop my daughter from being sick in the car, then they can help everyone!!!

Sea Bands are available in Chemists or direct from their website where you can read their FAQ for more information.
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