THIS is the great terror of persons who, for the first time, cross the ocean. It is said that dark complexioned persons suffer more from it than others.
If it cannot be entirely prevented, it may be mitigated by lying flat upon the back. To lie on deck, in the open air, is much better than lying in the close air of the cabin or stateroom. A wineglass of brandy, or iced champagne, sipped now and then, will relieve the sickness very much. For a child, it is sometimes sufficient to wet a cloth with mustard, and lay it upon the pit of the stomach. Creosote, one drop at a dose, made into a pill, is excellent. Ten drops of hartshorn, in half a tumbler of water, is good for some. Bromide of soda in large doses, daily, prevents it, or bromocaffein when it first comes on. Cocaine in one eighth grain doses every twenty minutes is usually very helpful A spinal ice bag placed opposite the stomach while the sufferer lies upon the back will do more toward curing seasickness than any other single remedy. These bags are about eight inches long, made of thin rubber, and are to be filled with small pieces of cracked ice. When the ice melts refill the bag.
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