Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tips to Reduce In-Flight Ear Pain

Airplane Cartoon
Flying can cause discomfort in the ears, and can be especially painful to children with an ear infection.

The Nemours Foundation suggests following ways to help alleviate a child's ear pain during takeoff or landing, when changes in pressure are most likely to trigger ear pain:
  •  Offer plenty of water or other decaffeinated drinks.
  •  Give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen about 30 minutes before takeoff or landing.
  •  If your child is at least 3 years old, offer a piece of gum or hard candy.
  •  Offer a baby a bottle or pacifier, or breast-feed.
  •  Encourage your child to yawn often.
  •  Keep your child awake during takeoff and landing, and encourage swallowing.

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