Health Tip: Prevent Ear Pain in Flight
- 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 pediatric 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 equalized during sleep.
Posted: September 2008