Flying with kids? Reduce “in plane ear pain”

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Talk to parents about flying with kids and the primary concern is usually whether their child will be affected by the changes in air pressure. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that while they obviously don’t want their child to experience discomfort, the primary concern is that their little cherub will scream and sob and bother the other passengers.
It happens.

Fly enough with young children and you’re bound to have a screamer on your hands at some stage. However there are a few precautions you can take to reduce the risk of ear pain.

– Breastfeed! Obviously this applies to babies and young kids.
– Ear Planes: you can buy them at most pharmacies.
– For older kids: chewing gum.
– For younger kids: A bottle to suck on or some chewy food. If they have suffered quite badly in the past, then a dose of Nurofen half an hour before landing helps.
– Get your child to yawn.
– Wine, for you, not your kids.

If your child experience pain and cries, don’t get stressed about it. There’s nothing you can do, and most people understand that. Also, crying helps pop the ears. Your child’s, not the other passengers.