If you are taking a plane trip with your child, there are steps you can take to ease the child’s pain and discomfort from air pressure changes.
The Nemours Foundation offers this advice:
* Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids during the flight. Water is best, but make sure the drink doesn’t have caffeine.
* If the child usually has ear pain associated with plane travel, give the child a paediatric dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen about a half an hour before takeoff and landing.
* If at least 3 years old, let your child suck on hard candy or chew gum.
* Bring a bottle or pacifier along, or plan to breast-feed during the trip.
* Encourage your child to yawn frequently.
* Have the child use a nasal decongestant spray before takeoff and landing.
* Don’t allow napping during takeoff and landing, as it’s more difficult to keep the middle ear equalised during sleep. The News