9 tips for flying with children

Ear pain

Encouraging swallowing will help your child through the pressure changes of ascent and descent.

The pressure changes during your flight’s ascent and descent may cause some discomfort for your child’s ears. You can ease this pain for younger children by offering a bottle, breast, or pacifier, while taking off and landing. You can encourage older children to swallow and find relief by having a sippy cup or snack.

Reviewed by Dr. Kristie Rivers, September 2020

References

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Family Friendly Flying.
  2. University of Maryland Medical Center. Motion Sickness.

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