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7 yr old gets sea sick

Don't know if this will help, but when I was about his age, I got car sick. I grew out of it a couple of years later. Maybe give him a break for a year or two?



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I go sailing with my 7 year old boy and he always says he feels sick (sea sick I assume). He says it is the smell of the salt in the ocean that makes his stomach upset. Says when the waves hit the side of the boat the salt smell comes out of the water and makes him sick. I ask him why at the beach the smell does not bother him- he says the land takes the smell away. On one trip the seas where rough and wind very strong and he did throw up (along with my wife, me and the dog- everyone but the 4 year old girl- the deck was quite a mess). Since then I make sure to only take him on down wind runs on light air days with small seas to get him back into sailing. His interest has been turned off due to his "sea sickness".

I think it is mostly a mental thing now, but how can I get him to forget about his past bad sea sickness experience and want to go sailing?
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Get him off the big boat and onto a paddle board or bogie board or something itty bitty that he can mess around with his buddies.

He'll soon associate sea air with good times.
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Seasickness i s not a mental thing, it is real. Get him to the doctor and have him to prescribe some seasickness medicine and go from there. IT is an uphill battle after you failed to prepare properly.

you may have to wait for a few years and try again. Childhood bad experience runs deep often.
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Get him off the big boat and onto a paddle board or bogie board or something itty bitty that he can mess around with his buddies.

He'll soon associate sea air with good times.
He has been doing this for several years now, had him at waimea bay yesterday with his friends on the bogie and they had a great time. He is fine at the beach and he even has a small kayak and use the infaltable to play on. Will have a go on the big boat this weekend (with some ginger) and see how it goes. He also suggested I get some air fresheners (like you hang in a car) to hand around the inside of the boat and in the cockpit to cover up the smell of the ocean. I will let him pick out the scent. Funny, some people spend thousands of dollars to smell the scent of the ocean.
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Seasickness i s not a mental thing, it is real. Get him to the doctor and have him to prescribe some seasickness medicine and go from there. IT is an uphill battle after you failed to prepare properly.

you may have to wait for a few years and try again. Childhood bad experience runs deep often.
Honestly I try to stay away from doctor prescribe meds. If I went to a doctor for a perscription for all his precieved problems I would probably have him on 10 drugs at this point- including ADD. I'll go with the natural stuff.
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Don't know if this will help, but when I was about his age, I got car sick. I grew out of it a couple of years later. Maybe give him a break for a year or two?
You might be right. I let him decide if he wants to go and do not force him. Last few months he has not wanted to sail, trying to ease him back now into it if he is interested. If it does not work, he can take a break for a while.
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Pickled Ginger - aka Gari (condiment you get with Sushi) - is something that I keep on my boat for people that feel queasy. (NOT Wasabi)

Does the kid LIKE to sail? If not, I suggest that this is YOUR problem, not his.

I suggest that you try to get him started on a sunfish or similar. Let him take it with out you, so that he can impress his friends.
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Casey, I'm with you about not medicating kids unless absolutely necessary. Let him do some taste testing of cookies at home to find which ginger cookies he likes best. We have to keep our smallest girl gluten free and so we really like Pamela's soft ginger cookies. The more "natural" types of cookies tend to have more ginger. We don't give ginger root via pill form because she is too small and its not usually opacakged in dosages for kids. Too much ginger can cause an acidy tummy.
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Honestly I try to stay away from doctor prescribe meds. If I went to a doctor for a perscription for all his precieved problems I would probably have him on 10 drugs at this point- including ADD. I'll go with the natural stuff.
I suggested you go to his doctor not because he needs another medication, but the doctor is a professional and knows about drug-drug interaction potential and interactions with natural remedy.

If your child is currently on 10 medications, there is a chance the drugs and combination may cause him more prone to motion sickness. Just wanted to remind you that natural remedies are not harmless.

Of course, the easiest way is kept your child away from boat. But then there may just a telltale sign of some other underlying problem. It is your option if you are willing to seek advise from his physician.
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I suggested you go to his doctor not because he needs another medication, but the doctor is a professional and knows about drug-drug interaction potential and interactions with natural remedy.

If your child is currently on 10 medications, there is a chance the drugs and combination may cause him more prone to motion sickness. Just wanted to remind you that natural remedies are not harmless.

Of course, the easiest way is kept your child away from boat. But then there may just a telltale sign of some other underlying problem. It is your option if you are willing to seek advise from his physician.
You would be surprised how many docs have no idea what drugs interact with what foods/natural remedies!
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