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Flying w/toddler - ear pressure and pain...

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Jrazz posted 9/24/2013 18:22 PM

Chewy candy? Check

Gum? (and explicit, moment-to-moment instruction not to swallow) Check.

Shoosh? (Pacifier/Nuk) Reluctantly Checked.

Sippy cups where strong suction is required? Check.

Ibuprofen 30 min before flight? Yes

What the hell else can I do for my sweet girl? She has a terrible time with the change in pressure, and we tried EVERYTHING together last time to no avail. I want to give her some decongestant but I know that it's not for 3 y/o's so I won't... just don't know what else to do for her.

Suggestions?

TrulySad posted 9/24/2013 18:32 PM

I always had my little ones yawn often. Also, maybe a warm compress.

Have you asked your pediatrician if they can prescribe something?

authenticnow posted 9/24/2013 19:05 PM

DD used to have that problem. One time the flight attendant brought two glasses to her and told her to put them over her ears.

She did okay on that flight. We have done all your ideas too. Those sound good and should work

cissie posted 9/24/2013 19:36 PM

There uses to be a product called earplanes that claimed to prevent ear pain when flying. I don't know if they are still available, and also if they are small enough for childrens ears.you might try and see if they would do the trick.

cissie posted 9/24/2013 19:37 PM

There uses to be a product called earplanes that claimed to prevent ear pain when flying. I don't know if they are still available, and also if they are small enough for children's ears.you might try and see if they would do the trick.

Sorry tried to edit for the apostrophe and double posted

[This message edited by cissie at 8:54 PM, September 24th (Tuesday)]

gahurts posted 9/24/2013 20:34 PM

Not sure how old she is - can she still suck on a bottle? Fill it with water or juice after you get through security.

Too_Trusting posted 9/24/2013 20:46 PM

I am a grown adult and I still have excruciating pain in my ears on flights. I second the "earplanes" if you can find them small enough for a child. That is the only thing that helps me.

Fireball72 posted 9/24/2013 20:54 PM

You can order the Earplanes on CVS.com, and they do make them in kid sizes.

http://www.cvs.com/shop/product-detail/Earplanes-Ear-Plugs-Kids-Small-Size?skuId=825026

Jrazz posted 9/24/2013 21:01 PM

We're headed out tomorrow... so maybe I will jaunt over to CVS and see if they have Earplanes.

Gahurts - that is a great idea about the bottle. I'm going to drag one out of storage!

Thanks everyone - I'll letcha know how it goes.

purplejacket4 posted 9/24/2013 22:55 PM

As soon as they close the door and until you reach about 10,000 feet (when you can turn on electronic devices) have the baby/toddler suck on something (like a bottle or straw NOT a sippy cup) older kids should chew gum. Repeat in reverse when they tell you to put the devices away. also dosing with benedryl at the same time as the Advil helps.

Dr. PJ4

Lucky2HaveMe posted 9/25/2013 12:11 PM

If she has any congestion at all, Benadryl before the flight.

Pentup posted 9/25/2013 14:29 PM

Ear planes have save me a couple of time (as an adult)

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