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I had mild nausea with my first child when I was pregnant with her 2 years ago and as with most 'morning' sickness it passed as I entered the second trimester of pregnancy. I was working in a school at the time and throwing up during lessons was a pain, but I found these bands to be an immense help. I remember feeling strangely clumsy at times and felt that the bands helped to balance me, and I did feel worse on the days that I forgot to wear them.
Sea bands are meant to work on the principle that they apply a steady amount of acupuncture-type pressure to the insides of your wrists, and although there isn't really any evidence to back this up, certainly acupuncture itself is recommended by doctors now as studies have found that it can assist with a variety of ailments. You get two in a pack and they are light blue in colour with a plastic sphere in the middle which is the point that needs to be applied to the inner wrist, as there is meant to be a pressure point there that can help with reducing nausea.
Now I am pregnant again and I have just passed into the second trimester, but the nausea has shown no signs of abating. Also, it began really early, from around 6 weeks pregnant, and it was so awful that I went to see the doctor about it. He told me I have hyperemesis gravidarum and that I have to be very careful of myself as the constant throwing up can lead to dehydration, which will of course effect the baby. If I throw up more than I can keep down, or become severely dehydrated, I will have to go into hospital and be put on a drip.
So having HG and also forcing myself to keep down food and fluids when my body keeps rejecting them has led me to try various medications and remedies. I was keen to dig out my old sea bands and I had been using them exactly as I did in the first pregnancy, but I couldn't tell if they made any difference at first. Then I noticed that I was getting very cold hands in the daytime and tingly fingers, and I realised that the tightness of the sea bands on my wrists was leading to poor circulation in my arms, another symptom of pregnancy, so I gave up using them.
I bought these bands for a little under a fiver and I wore them for most of my last pregnancy as they not only helped with nausea in the early stages but also with feeling clumsy and dizzy throughout my pregnancy. I definitely recommend them for sea sickness and for other cases of mild nausea. Sadly they have not helped me with HG, and I wouldn't recommend using them if you have poor circulation. For this reason I am giving them 3 out of 5 stars, because it seems a little hit and miss as to whether they will work for a person at all.
(NB I have also tried acupuncture for HG and sadly that made no different to the sickness either.)
I am currently pregnant and suffering from a condition known as Hyperemesis. You may have heard of this condition as a royal has recently been in the news with the exact same condition, but if not it is an extreme form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy that leaves the sufferer vomiting almost constantly to the point that they need treatment in hospital. Although my condition is fairly well controlled with medication meaning instead of vomiting 20+ times a day, I vomit a couple of times and have constant low grade nausea, I am willing to give anything a try if only I can have one day of feeling normal. One item that was recommended to me is a pair of Sea Bands, that are said to be clinically tested against nausea in travel and pregnancy amongst other things.
For the not so bargain price of £5.83 (on Amazon) you get a pair of pale blue knitted wristbands, adorned with a white plastic button and housed in a transparent plastic case along with a small instruction leaflet. The bands themselves appear very small, being about 2cm wide and maybe 5cm in diameter, but the material they are made from is very stretchy. This material is ribbed and feels very much like those sweat bands we thought were all the rage back in the 80s. They do stretch easily over my hands and then can be positioned three finger widths from where my palm meets my wrist, placing the hard button centrally on my inner wrist (as per the instructions). From what I can gather, when thus positioned, the buttons will exert pressure on particular acupressure points leading to a reduction or perhaps complete elimination of nausea. If a particularly powerful nauseous wave hits then extra pressure can be placed on the buttons, which *should* hopefully intensify the nausea relieving effects.
For those of you can't be bothered to read any further and just want to know if Sea Bands are the miracle cure for hyperemesis, the answer is a most definite no. Let me elaborate, I've been wearing the bands almost constantly for over a month now, and during that time have still continued to vomit at the same level, including an overnight visit to hospital for fluids and IV anti-sickness medication. I find that the bands are slightly tight on my wrists and that they prevent the fluid draining from my hands, meaning my fingers are always slightly swollen (remember one of the conditions they suggest these for pregnancy, when fluid retention is virtually a given). When I remove the bands to allow this fluid to disperse, there is always an indent all the way around my wrist and an actual round dent where the button was placed and it takes a good ten minutes for my wrists to recover. As I need to wear the bands almost constantly they also get very grubby, although I must say they hand wash quite well and dry reasonably fast. If these bands were helping in the slightest then surely I would feel far worse during those times when they are removed, but to be honest I don't. There really is no difference for me, whether I'm wearing them or not.
While these bands may be helpful in cases of mild nausea, for me personally they have no effect whatsoever. I really cannot recommend them at all and indeed am sat here wondering why I'm still wearing them as they certainly didn't do anything to prevent or ease my regular vomit this morning or last night's. I think I only keep them on just in case things get even worse without them and so that I feel I haven't been a complete sucker by wasting my money on them. So I'm giving Sea Bands a solitary one star out of five, because for me they simply do not work.
Sea bands are recommended to be used if you are going through something which makes you feel sick. They are supposed to take the nausea away and give you more balance or something. When I was pregnant I had terrible morning sickness and was recommended to try these, I was also recommended to try them whilst I went through chemotherapy to help reduce the all-day long nausea.
I had always associated these bands with travelling, that people wear them when they are at sea and that helped to stop them being sea sick. I guess the name has this effect and maybe they were invented with the intention to help stop sea sickness so when I was told they could help with morning sickness and chemotherapy side effects I thought it sounded perfect!
When I was undergoing chemotherapy I was aware that I was taking lots of drugs and it concerned me wondering what was going on inside with all these various chemicals. When I thought I could have these instead of have to take more drugs I was really excited to try them. It was the same when I was pregnant as I had been given anti sickness tablets to help with my morning sickness but I thought if I could stop taking tablets then it would be better for me.
They are stretchy grey bands with a round plastic ball on one side. The idea is that you wear them on your wrists with the ball pressing down into the middle of the underside of your wrist. This is supposed to give you a balance of some form and works on an idea similar to acupuncture.
I would put these on as soon as I woke up to try and stop the nausea from rising. They were quite tight but they have to be so that they can apply pressure. I found them a bit uncomfortable but thought if it helps with the sickness then it was a discomfort I was more than willing to deal with! The ball pressing into my wrist wasn't too uncomfortable and after a while I did forget I was wearing them.
They didn't help with the morning sickness and they didn't help with the chemotherapy sickness either. I really wanted them to work, I believed in them and I wore them regularly despite me not seeing any difference as I was hoping that they would work eventually but I noticed no difference whatsoever with them. It was really disappointing as I really hoped that it would give me some relief in a very natural way instead of having to take more chemicals but they just didn't work for me.
I know lots of people who have used them in pregnancy and say that they helped and a lot have used them whilst flying and things and recommend them but it just doesn't seem to be something which helped me at all which was a shame.
I bought mine from Boots, I don't know how much they cost but I know you can get them from lots of places, probably even Tescos so if you do want to give them a try then they are easy enough to get hold of. Maybe they will work for you and it's all down to an individual, I was disappointed that they didn't work for me but it is worth trying to see if they do or not.
I think it was a particularly bad air trip when I was a kid that made me not like flying for quite a few years afterwards. We were sitting over one of the wheels and this was still back in the day when there were smoking sections on planes and as a result I was sick quite a few times on the way to California. After that every other trip we took as a family was horrible, I would sit there for hours not moving for fear of being sick and then just before we landed I was sick and then felt ok as I knew we were landing.
All that changed when my mum bought me some travel bands from Boots. These were an absolute revelation for me, they cured my fear or actual airsickness straight away and now I don't really even need to wear them although I do have them in my bag when I travel just in case. Now, whether or not you believe if they actually work or whether they just have a placebo effect is up to you but I will describe what they are and the principle behind them and you can decide for yourselves.
The bands are basically just an elasticated fabric material band that you wear around your wrists. They work on the ancient Chinese principle of acupressure which is believed to work by restoring the balance of negative Yin and positive Yan ions in the body as imbalances are believed to affect health. You wear one band on each wrist. They have a little white button/disc on each band that applies the pressure to your wrist in the correct position. I have worn these bands for hours at a time on some occasions and I have to say they have never been uncomfotable or started to hurt after a while. The pressure applied is not that strong so you do not feel like you are hurting your wrists although when you take them off you will have a bit of an indentation for a while. THis is the great thing about these bands, there are no side effects as you are not actually taking any travel sickness drugs so there is no drowsiness and you are not pumping your body full of chemicals. I have also read that these bands are recommended in pregnancy too for morning sickness but I have never had any morning sickness in my two pregnancies so far luckily so I cannot comment on the effectiveness when it comes to this situation.
The bands come with instructions as to where to wear them as you have to do it correctly otherwise it will not work. The bands and buttons have to be placed over the Nei Kuan point which can be found by placing your middle three fingers on the inside of each wrist with the edge of the third finger on the first wrist crease. Then when you have done this you simply pull the band over your wrist and put the button down on that point.
If you do suffer from travel sickness I do recommend you try thee bands. They definitely work for me and are a product I recommend. A box containing on pair in Boots costs £8 and I have had mine for so long now so it's a great investment as you never really need to replace them unless air travel sickness pills.
I trained as a scientist, and so did not believe for one minute that sea bands would actually work when they were suggested for my adult travel sickness. How wrong I was.
Sea Bands consist of a elasticated wristband with a rounded piece of plastic in the middle and come in a handy storage case. You place them on your wrists over certain Acupressure points (although I've guessed at the position because I couldn't make sense of the instructions), at any point on your journey and they stop sickness and, more importantly nausea.
I first tried these on a 7 hour minibus journey and did not feel sick at all, even after a stop at the chippy. I have to say that the bands can get quite tight and whilst the plastic is not really noticeable after the first few minutes, the next morning you have a red, round, depressed area that can be a bit sore, but this may because I have to use child's size.
Not only do they work for travel sickness, I put them on after having been up all night with a stomach bug, the nausea disappeared very quickly and I managed a three hour car trip the next day with no sickness.
I've tried pharmaceutical solutions for travel sickness, and had no luck, these things are fantastic, and are reusable.
Having a young child who is prone to travel sickness is not nice for all concerned. Our three year old has been travel sick ever since he first moved into a forward facing car seat so, over the years, we have tried a number of different remedies and strategies to try and stop or, at least, manage his sickness, with varying degrees of success.
Our most recent and, to date, most successful purchase is a pair of these travel bands, which claim to use acupuncture type methods to reduce all different kinds of sickness and nausea, including travel sickness, sea sickness and morning sickness. I'd read generally positive feedback about the success of these bands so thought it had to be worth a try. The obvious advantages of this kind of method is that it is non-medicinal so no need to worry about dosages or any potential side effects. This makes it ideal for many of those likely to experiences regular bouts of nausea such as children and pregnant women - neither of whom really want to be taking any medication if it can be avoided.
The bands are small stretchy fabric bands, similar in appearance to the cheaper style of girls' hair bobble. Each band has a hard plastic ball embedded into the fabric which needs to be lined up against a particular pressure point on the inner wrist. This pressure, apparently, disrupts the signals that are being sent to the brain telling it to feel or be sick. The bands are supposed to be suitable for children from the age of three right up to adulthood. This seems a surprisingly large age range and we were a little unsure whether the bands would actually be small enough for our three year old son who is particularly small and thin. The bands must stretch considerably to accommodate adult wrists though as these do actually fit round my son's bony little arms! To help make them a tighter fit (bearing in mind the need to create pressure to relieve the feelings of nausea) we have sometimes used folded up kitchen towel at the opposite side to help to make a tighter fit. I must admit I don't always do that and it doesn't appear to have any impact on the results.
It does state on the packaging that there are children's Sea Bands also available but these don't appear to be readily available within shops. The standard version is quite widely available although not particularly cheap. We paid around £8.50 for a pair from Lloyds Pharmacy which does seem a lot for a stretchy bit of fabric with a ball in it! On the other hand, this is a one-off outlay and, providing it works, should offer excellent value for money in the long run.
The instructions for aligning this are pretty specific and we take them really seriously - to the extent that we mark out the exact point on our three year old's wrist with a felt tip pin and check before our return journey that the ball is still resting against the marked point. I suspect that there is room for some margin of error but we'd rather not run the risk, having spent far too many journeys in a car stinking of vomit! This is supposed to be lined up from the fold at the base of the hand and the correct spot is measured using three fingers. (Specific instructions can be found online as well as on the leaflet included.) http://www.ehow.com/how_5183338_use-sea-band-morning-sickness.html
As we are using this on a child we have to use his smaller fingers, rather than ours, to locate the correct spot so that could be problematic if the child doesn't feel very co-operative! Fortunately our son is more than happy to wear these 'sick bands' as he, understandably, doesn't like being sick whenever we travel. Once in place, these don't cause any discomfort or irritation and we often forget to remove them meaning these can be in place for several hours without any issues. The only evidence of the band being used is that they can leave a visible mark where the plastic stud has been in place but this soon wears off and doesn't lead to a bruise.
Now the crucial bit is whether these have resolved the problem for us. Certainly, the early results were brilliant. My son is generally prone to sickness in the mornings, especially within a couple of hours of a milky breakfast. We used this bands on numerous journeys during the mornings on routes and at times where he has previously been sick many times. Each time, he stayed sick free - amazing! There were a couple of times where he did say that he actually felt sick but he didn't turn the shade of grey that we have grown to recognise so I'm not sure whether he was just more conscious of feeling sick because of having the bands on. Up to just a couple of weeks ago we had a 100% success rate and we thought we'd found a total cure! Sadly, he threw up in the car over half-term - typically when we had Mother in Law in the car with us! To be fair, it was a particularly windy, hilly route and it was during the morning. He got much further into the journey than he would normally though - frustratingly about a mile from our destination after a fifteen mile trip- so I do think the bands helped to delay the feelings of nausea somewhat.
As we have tested these on a child, I also think there is less chance that the effects are purely placebo as some cynics might believe, as he generally forgets that he is wearing them certainly now the initial novelty has worn off. Whilst I can't promise that these are a total solution to travel sickness, and we won't be leaving the spare clothes, carrier bags and wipes behind just yet- they do seem to seriously reduce the number of sickness incidents my son has, on journeys where he would previously be sick. I would certainly recommend giving these a try.
With this being my first pregnancy, I had heard enough stories from friends and family about the onset of nausea and/or vomiting in the first trimester. My own mother was terribly sick during pregnancy and I had convinced myself that when my time came, I would suffer too. After all the excitement and shock of finding out that I was pregnant, I was able to enjoy a few weeks of feeling in tip top form before week 6 brought the wonderful gift of nausea. Now, I know, I have an awful lot to be thankful for, as I have not vomited as yet, but I think I completely underestimated just how awful nausea alone can make you feel.
Over Christmas time, when my husband and I had planned to do lots of things together, I was cooped up in the house, feeling wretched, not wanting to eat, with the very thought of food making me feel worse. With the impending return to work in January looming, I was quite apprehensive about making it through the work day. This all changed however when my sister gave me these sea bands anti nausea wrists bands, that can be purchased on amazon for just over £7, or on ebay for marginally less.
Now, I must make it clear, that at that point after enduring a week of severe nausea and not eating, I was ready to try anything, and although I was extremely sceptical that these sea bands would make the slightests bit of difference, I had nothing to lose.
One of the reasons, that I hadn't purchased these myself was after reading very different reviews online with a good chunk of users saying they had never had any success with these bands, whilst some others had felt it worked for them. I didn't really want to chuck away £7 for something that wasn't likely to work.
Anyway, it was at the end of a terrible week that my sister gave me these and I started wearing them. Now, I don't have any packaging for them, but I did consult their website, and found that these wrist bands have been clinically tested for use in combating and minimising travel sickness, pregnancy sickness and even sickness from chemotherapy. THe other big benefit in at least trying these out, is that they are a safe, drug free method of potential relief from nausea/vomiting, so there really is nothing to lose.
These bands come as a pair, and one must be worn on each wrist if they are to be effective. My bands are a light blue colour, and although they look very small, they need to be tightish on your wrist if they are to exert the pressure needed.
I was previously unaware of the the uses of acupressure and the varoius pressure points over the body, but although my sister showed me how to position these correctly, it is worth either checking the instructions or looking on the company website, as placing them in the wrong position can obviously have a big impact of their effectiveness. The chinese discovered a pressure point which they call Nei Kuan, which when pressed should result in an easing of nausea. Thus, the bands act as a continual pressure exerted on this point on both wrists in order to reduce the nausea. Inside the wrist band, there is a raised semi circular white button that is worn on the inside of the band touching your wrist, and all that is visible on the outside of the band is the white stud from the button. IN order to find this point on our wrist, you should place three fingers, starting from the wrist crease, and just under the edge of the third finger will be the pressure point, which is also located between the two tendons running along your wrist.
Now, according to the website, the company claims that you should notice the effect of these bands on your nausea within 5 minutes of use. NOw, I cannot say mine happened that quickly, but what I did notice that from the point of using these bands, my nausea was more bearable reducing it from more severe nausea to lighter, more liveable with nausea (although still not pleasant). I think it really just takes the edge of the severe nausea, in my case, meaning that going through a day's work is so much easier. I also noticed that after using these, I got more of an appetite back. I found that I could eat and drink more, compared with the week when all this first started.
All in all, I realise that these will not work for all women, but in my case, despite my scepticism initially, I wouldn't be without these sea bands now. I do not know how I would have made it to work or anything esle for that matter, and had envisioned myself being house bound unless this spell of the pregnancy ended. Not so anymore. I am able to eat more, go to work and get through the day with other periods of light nausea, and since using these bands, the nausea, although it has by no means disappeared it has become lighter nausea, meaning I can live a relatively more normal life for these few weeks. YOu have nothing to lose by trying them, so I would highly recommend these bands as a means of reducing nausea, particulary that associated with pregnancy.
I know that some people complain that the bands hurt them, and I have found this to be true. I always take them off last thing at night, or when I am having a shower, but the rest of the time they stay on my wrists. They also can leave slight brusing constantly used, but I find if I take them off at night, by the morning the mark/indent is gone and there is no bruising started. Some days I find them more comfortable than others, but it really is worth sticking at them.
When I was pregnant I suffered with travel sickness when in the car, both whilst driving or being driven. I had never experienced this before and now I have, I really feel for anyone who has to put up with it in everyday life.
I tried these sea bands because they had been recommended to me by a friend who said that they helped her when she had pregnancy induced travel sickness. I picked these up for £7.99 in Boots which I thought was really expensive, but I was willing to try anything!
The bands come in a translucent plastic carry case which I found very useful for keeping them in in my handbag or car glove box. The bands themselves are grey (I'm not sure if they come in any other colours though) with a white 'pea-sized' lump of plastic (plastic stud) attached to each of them. The bands are easy to put on. You simply slip them on your wrists with the stud poking into your pressure point on you wrist. They are meant to fit quite tightly. They are easily worn under your sleeves and I generally kept them on most of the day as in my job I am constantly in and out of the car visiting schools.
I must admit, I am not sure that they actually reduced my symptoms of travel sickness and I was still sick a few times whilst wearing them. However, I think that they are well worth trying if you are suffering from nausea or sickness when travelling because they have no side effects whatsoever unlike prescribed medicines for travel sickness. Because they don't have any side effects and work naturally, they are suitable for use by children as well as adults.
I would recommend trying these if you get travel sick, though I can't say they did or didn't work for me.
I lived with these permanently attached to my wrists for over two months during my pregnancy from getting up time until I went to bed. I only threw up once before I got these, but I'd spent most of my days, every single day, feeling very green and seriously queasy.
The Seabands were a last ditch resort because none of the usual "old wives' tale" remedies were doing anything and by week 8 I was desperate. I'm emetophobic, so was a total drama queen about the whole sickness thing, practically as soon as it kicked in.
They did seem to work, but I can't guarantee it wasn't a placebo effect, although that would be unusual for me cos I'm more likely to talk myself IN to feeling sick than out of it. Nothing would convince me to take them off long enough to find out how quickly the puky feeling returned without them on in the name of semi scientific testing. I wasn't totally nausea free all the time, but it was far more manageable and impacted my ability to work and live to a far lesser degree.
I had trouble with them at first cos they weren't tight enough, I had to twist them a little and knot them to get them to fit and I did have to adjust them a lot at the start to hit the right spot. You have to get the knobble in the correct position, but as people we are all a bit different so it was initially tricky to find out where to focus the pressure. I worked it out in about a day or so by trial and error.
Initially they were a bit uncomfortable, but as soon as I noticed they were working I sort of liked feeling them there, possibly in a security blanket sort of way.
By the time I realized the sickness had subsided on its own they were looking fairly grotty, but given the use I'd had out of them day in day out I couldn't complain.
Well worth a try if you can't stand another day of feeling nauseated all day long and your options are distinctly limited due to the baby on board.
I have never been brilliant while travelling and a few years ago suffered terrible sea sickness on a mini cruise to Norway. However, determined not to let this stop me I went ahead and joined my family on a Mediterranean Cruise. Stupid of me you may think but someone who had been previously been assured me I wouldn't feel the motion on a large cruise ship.
Day one into the cruise and yes you've guessed it was laying in my cabin trying to stop the room spinning and my breakfast reappearing. My mum went to the on board chemist shop to see if by any chance they had any suggestions and they recommended she buy Sea Bands for me.
Sea Bands are simply two small elasticated bands, similar to sweat bands, but with a small plastic ball which acts as a pressure point attached to them. They come in a small plastic clear case with an instruction leaflet inside. Now the ides is that when you wear the wrist bands the little plastic ball puts pressure in just the right area of your wrist (the instructions have a diagram showing you how to do this, its very easy just three finger tips down from where your hand meets your wrist) and this causes signals to your brain that stops your body feeling sick. I'm not sure how all this scientific stuff works but it really does. Within a couple of hours I was feeling 100% and sipping cocktails on the sundeck!
The sea bands can be worn whilst showering or swimming, they are safe to sleep in too. In fact mine stayed firmly put for the entire ten days we were on the ship.
These bands are ideal for children and so much better than travel sickness tablets which I always found made me sleepy. The bands can be worn by pregnant women suffering from morning sickness or if you feel sick due to anaesthetic or medication they are ideal because they are drug free. In fact they are suitable for just about any occasion when you are feeling queezy.
They cost about £5.00 a pair and they are worth every single penny, and really very reasonable when you consider how much travel sickness tablets cost.
I would recommend these to anyone, they were a wonder cure for me and turned what could have been a very expensive disaster into a fantastic holiday!
Just as a note - I am reviewing these as per my experience with battling morning sickness!
I actually have emetophobia, meaning I am deathly afraid of feeling sick, and especially being sick. My lovely partner bought me some of these because the constant nausea was really taking it's toll on me. I admit, I was sceptical that they would work, despite the many positive recommendations and the research promoting them, but for me, they honestly did help. Now I cannot truly say whether they "really" helped, or whether they were more of a psychosomatic/placebo reaction in that I believed they would help, so they did, but I definitely felt much less sick within a while of putting these on, and they 100% made me feel better.
I have small wrists so was worried about how well they would fit but they did fit really well. They are exactly how they look - wrist sweat bands with a plastic nub on them. It is admittedly tricky making sure that they are in the right place, I spent ages the first few times adjusting and re-adjusting them and worrying about whether I had got it right. After a while though, I could put them on without even looking.
I found that they did hurt my wrists after long periods of time, the nub would leave quite a large indentation in my wrist, though that is possibly because I was wearing them nearly 24/7 at some points.
I did find them comfy enough to sleep in, and subtle enough to wear under a long sleeved top. I also found that they helped with my minor motion sickness which was an added bonus.
I have read that they don't work in 100% of people, I'm thankful they worked for me and all I can say is that nausea is awful so if there's even a chance that this can work for you, it's cheap enough to be worth the benefit on the off chance they will.
Also, many places do their own version of these bands, though I've found that the price difference isn't all that great so for me, it was worth paying a little extra for the real deal.
The Sea-Band has been proven to prevent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, travel and all other occasions where nausea is induced. The bands look like sports bands - knitted and flexible to enable easy and comfortable use. Also sewn in the bands are a white ball which should be placed on the underside of your forearm- exactly 3 finger widths down from your wrist. (This is absolutely essential in order for the bands to work)
My dad bought me these for £4.99 at Lloyds when I fell pregnant with my son. My mum suffered with hyperemesis during all of her pregnancies and as the condition is heriditory, my dad thought it would be best that I use these bands early on to prevent getting so sick.
Well I did put these bands on - and in the correct place. First off, they feel a little snug and weird. The white ball applies pressure to your tendons which somehow blocks the nausea signalls from reaching your brain - hence making you feel less sick. (I don't know the biology or physicis here, but there is a lot of info on the net on exactly how these bands work)
Well, the million dollar question is: Do they work? I guess it's going to be different for everyone. When I used these bands during long car journey, I certainly felt an improvement on my travel sickness. When I started using these during my early pregnancy, I felt less inclined to vomit. Yet after a few weeks and as I came down with Hyperemesis it felt like these bands were doing absolutely nothing.
But did I take them off? Oh no. No, no, no! I daren't! So for all I know, I could have been much worse if I didn't wear the sick bands. (that's what I called them)
I wouldn't reccommend you wear these bands for weeks on end - like me - because you'll end up with very sore wrists. The bands do feel rather uncomfortable after some time and made me feel a little dizzy at times.
If you're going on a long journey or getting on a cruise - I think these bands are very useful, but if you are hoping that they will save you from the wrath of hyperemesis...you will probably be disappointed.
Having read several favourable reviews about Sea-Bands I decided to give them a try because I was taking a long trip by coach. This isn't the ideal way to travel and suffering from travel sickness make sit a bit of a nightmare.
I had previously tried pills and potions of various kinds but nothing seemed to work so I was not expecting these to do any good. I am aware that part of the problem with travel sickness is that the sufferer immediately thinks he or she will be ill, so it is more likely to happen. I tried my hardest to have a positive approach to this product.
In the box you get two greyish coloured wrist bands that are very small and stretchy with a rounded metal disc inside them. This is the bit that must be placed on the correct point. What you have to do is to find the acupressure point on your wrist and this is really easy to do if you follow the instructions on the packaging. Basically you measure two finger widths down from the first crease in your wrist and then the point is roughly central. (The instructions are more detailed).
The idea is that the pressure on this acupressure point will prevent travel sickness. I positioned the
bands carefully but did find them a bit tight and restrictive. I was worried that they might be too tight and cause pins and needles. Fortunately they didn't but they didn't really work either.
My usually symptoms were not as severe as normal but Sea-Bands didn't cure the problem.
These cost £6.49 from my local chemist and although they had some effect I would not buy them again. Perhaps I was not convinced that these would work, so the psychological element came into play but I must admit to being disappointed by them.
I first bought sea bands or travel bands as they are also known because I used to get travel sick on trains. I also can feel a bit off colour after a long journey in the car. Going to University in London and living in Cornwall meant a lot of four hour train journeys between the two destinations for weekends at home and holidays. I was never physically sick due to travel sickness, and granted the feeling did wear off pretty quickly after I got off the train, but it was still pretty unpleasant. I used to put up with it and just concentrate on getting home, but one Friday afternoon I had an hour or so at Paddington before my train departed, so I decided to go into Boots and check out what sort of travel sickness remedies they had. I already carried Lavender and Camomile oil with me and that was good for giving a sense of calm and de-stressing but I wanted to see if there was anything I could get that would actually tackle the physical symptoms of travel sickness.
I was aware that you could get travel sickness tablets, and I was also aware that you could get travel sickness bands but I didn't really know anything apart from that. In Boots they had the travel sickness tablets, but I was a bit reluctant to take any tablets unless I really had to. Also, the packet recommended taking a dose so many hours before the start of the journey and this time had already passed. So I looked at the travel bands and decided on these. The box gave a description of how they worked and how to use them.
Basically these bands work on the basis of acupressure. There are several acupressure points on your body, but travel bands work on the 'Nei Kuan' pressure points on your wrists. Travel sickness basically occurs because your body is confused when traveling as the brain is being sent confused messages. Your eyes are telling your brain you are moving as you look at the landscape speeding by, yet the inner ear that deals with balance, is telling your brain you are sat still. This basically causes a loss in equilibrium in the body as your senses become confused, and this can make you feel sick. There is nothing actually wrong with your stomach or head etc which experiencing travel sickness; these are secondary effects of confusion between your senses.
When pressure is applied to these Nei Kuan pressure points, this supposedly has the effect of re-balancing and thus reducing the feelings of travel sickness. (The box described as re -balancing your Yin and Yang). I have to say that my experience with these bands was successful. While I used to get off the train feeling a bit worse for wear and a bit queasy, when using these bands, I jumped off the train bright as a button and excited to be home! As I said before, the feeling never lasted long once I got off the train but to not experience it at all was great! I have also used these in the car and have experienced no ill feeling apart from the inevitable tiredness that come with going on a long car journey.
The bands themselves are knitted elasticated bands. They seem very small when you get them out of the box, and although they were elasticated I thought that they might be too tight and cause discomfort, but I found this not to be the case. The bands are a very dark grey/black colour.On each band, there is a white, smooth plastic stud in the middle of the band. On the outside of the band the stud is flat whilst on the inside it is rounded. You are supposed to wear both the bands at the same time for the right effect. The bands are easy to use, the best way to find the pressure point is to place two fingers under the first crease in your wrist, (lay your fingers across the wrist as if you were taking your pulse) and find the point about two fingers down, then feel across this area until you find the point between the two tendons towards the outside of your wrist. This next point will perhaps be different for everybody, but I can see a vein in my wrist than then branches off into three. I find that the place to put the bands is just above the leftermost vein, between the two tendons that you can feel there. There are pictures of this on the box and instruction that are probably a lot easier to follow than my rambling but that is how I do it if you can understand that! This point is where the rounded side of the stud should sit. What I do is when I have located the point, I get a pen and draw a little mark there, then get the band and position the stud on the pen mark. It is better than keeping your finger on the point whilst trying to get the band on and then quickly trying to pull your finger away and land the stud in the correct spot.
These bands are also suitable for use any time you feel sick or experience nausea, including during pregnancy and whilst undergoing chemotherapy. As they are drug free you can use them alongside anything you are already taking without having to worry and they are also perfectly safe for children to use. I sometimes put them on as I get headaches and migraines that are accompanied by nausea, and as I find that nausea is often the worst part of it the bands really help then too.
The bands are around £6-7, and are available in Boots and other big chemists such as Lloyds. I'm not sure about anywhere else but in Boots they are sold in a Boots branded box, although they are actually the Sea Band brand. The words Sea Band are printed on the outside of the plastic stud on the bands themselves. I think before I discovered these travel bands I would've thought hard about going anywhere that involved a long journey such as a coach holiday, and perhaps turned it down, but now I feel as if I don't have to worry.
I really would recommend these bands to anybody. Even if you don't experience travel sickness, they are good to have around for any type of nausea. Also, travel sickness can affect anyone at any time. I never used to feel sick on trains then it suddenly started. I don't experience these same symptoms on a plane or a boat, but I always carry the bands on these modes of transport as one day I might. They can be applied before the onset of nausea if you anticipate than nausea will soon ensue, such as when you are due to board a plane or train, or if you feel a headache coming on - or they can be applied after the onset of nausea to then control it. As they are drug free they have no side effects and do not interfere with any other medication. Thoroughly recommended.
When I was pregnant with my first child I suffered horrendous morning sickness, but not just in the mornings, it could be afternoon or evening, timing didn't matter. The sickness was always worse during travel and getting to work on the bus quickly became a nightmare, I could make it through half the journey but soon the nausea would approach and I'd have to get off the bus in order to cool down and get some air or to do the inevitable. There are few medicines you can safely take nowadays for travel sickness or morning sickness and despite giving ginger biscuits a try they didn't seem to have any effect so I looked into other methods of dealing with the sickness and bought a set of Sea-bands.
Sea-bands are knitted wrist bands that feature a plastic bead, this bead presses down on what's called the Nei Kuan acupressure point on your wrists, which is shown in medical studies to reduce the feelings of nausea, they are designed for use during travel or for those suffering morning sickness and are meant to work within 5 minutes of putting the bands on, so it's recommended to put the bands on before you set off on your journey. To find the correct position for the bands on your wrist you have to place your three middle fingers on the inside of your wrist, with the third finger on the edge of the wrist crease, the Nei Kuan pressure point will be just under the index finger between the two central tendons, you slip on the wrist band with the plastic bead facing inwards on this point. (Go to http://www.mothersbliss.com/shopping/seabands.asp for a diagram)
Coming in a clear plastic case you are supplied with 2 bands, naturally one for each wrist, they are mixed fibre and will stretch to fit most wrists with the important factor being the position of the bead on the acupressure points. You can get both adult and child Sea-bands, the adults being more subtle grey and navy tones while the childrens come in brightly coloured patterns and designs. They are fully washable and can be reused as often as needed, because they are a natural form of sickness relief there are no drugs or side effects to worry about but can be used alongside any other form of medication you are using.
I purchased the Sea-bands with slight desperation and a little scepticism, I'd never had experience of acupressure treatments etc before so wasn't sure if the bands would work. Finding the pressure point was quite simple as the bands come supplied with full instructions and diagrams and so I applied the bands before setting off for work feeling something like an 80's Fame reject, all I needed was some snazzy leg warmers and a polka dot skirt to complete the look, fortunately I had worn long sleeves so the bands were tucked away under the cuff allowing me to avoid any odd looks from fellow bus passengers. The journey started as well as it always did and I got about half way through before any feelings of nausea approached, I assured myself I would be fine as I had on my new Sea-bands which had come highly recommended for nausea relief, however the feelings of sickness didn't settle and I was soon hopping off the bus again. I decided it was a case of beginners bad luck and the bands would need a little more time to take effect, for my system to get used to them. I tried for the next few days but all with the same effect, I would find my pressure point every day following the instructions to be sure I was getting it right, I would occasionally get a little further on my journey but never made it the whole way into town without the nausea hitting me and if the trip happened to be a long one, full of passengers and stuck in traffic there was simply no hope of getting through it without feeling ill. Eventually I abandoned the bands and with time the sickness settled on its own, it was a hard few months to get through but fortunately like most cases of morning sickness it faded away.
The bands themselves were comfortable and while I was aware of the bead on my wrist it wasn't painful or uncomfortable in any way. The mixed fibres of the band are much like a sports sweat band, the wrist would feel warm while wearing them but they would not become itchy or sweaty and you could even forget you were wearing them after a while. They weren't the most fashionable looking item and I wouldn't want to have them on in the height of summer with short sleeved tops etc.......but if they worked I guess it could be worth being arrested by the fashion police. I only used the bands to target my morning sickness and unfortunately didn't find they worked for me, however they might be more successful on someone who suffers mild travel sickness on journeys, perhaps while sailing, or it could simply be a case that I didn't give them enough of a go and needed to believe in the bands a little more for them to have an effect. Whatever the case I stopped using the bands when it was apparent that I was getting no benefits from them and I think they're still hanging around at the bottom of a drawer somewhere, forgotten and abandoned, luckily I suffered no future morning sickness in subsequent pregnancies.
Personally I wouldn't recommend the bands as they didn't work for me, but by all means give them a go if you're really desperate and have faith in such things. Sea-bands are available from stores such as Boots as well as online from stores like Amazon, prices start from around £5.99.
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The Sea-Band has been clinically tested against nausea and vomiting in travel, pregnancy, anaesthesia, chemotherapy and all conditions which induce nausea. The Sea-Band is a knitted elasticated wrist band, which operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. Because the bands do not use drugs, they do not cause any of the side effects associated with anti-nausea drugs and can be worn on each wrist whenever you feel nauseous. They are suitable for adults and children.