An important thing to know when flying with young children

Raluca Loteanu December 17, 2016
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I have often seen parents flying with young children and having problems with intense crying during takeoff and landing. It is a normal thing, especially if it’s the first flight and the child is overwhelmed by the new experience. But there is also a less known fact that affects the journey and that is important to know when flying with babies or toddlers.

During takeoff and landing, many people experience ear pain caused by the pressure differences that appear when the plane changes the flight altitude. For young children, these aches are stranger and more difficult to bare due to the more sensitive auditory system. This is the reason why young children have often a really difficult time during takeoff or landing. Babies can only express this pain through intense crying and I think it’s important for every parent to know this young detail which can make the journey more pleasant for everyone.

What can you do in case this problem occurs?

You cannot be sure that the crying is caused by this sort of pain, especially if the child is not able to express himself in words yet, but it could be a good idea to prevent this issue using some very simple methods.

For relieving the pain caused by the pressure changes the child should make mastication movements – this is a well-known remedy, which is highly recommended by the doctors. In order to help your child do this, you could offer him something to eat (if he is old enough) or you could breastfeed him or offer him a bottle of formula or a pacifier.

For older children, you could also use a lollipop to help them easily relieve the ear pain.

These are some simple tricks, but during the flight, they could mean a lot for young children, so it is useful for every parent to know about them.

If you are preparing for a flight with a young child, I hope this information will help you manage better the crying that normally appears at taking off and landing. And if you know parents that are traveling with their little ones, please share this information with them, it could mean a lot.

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    Amber Myers

    December 17, 2016 Reply
    I always had my kids chew gum at takeoff. When they were smaller, I'd just tell them to suck on their sippy cups. It seemed to help!
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    Heather Denniston

    December 17, 2016 Reply
    I don't have my own children but I am sure sensitive when I see parents traveling with little ones. Particularly when there are strollers and car seats to carry as well!
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    Nellwyn

    December 17, 2016 Reply
    This is great advice! I used to get really bad ear pain during takeoffs and landings when I was a child... It has improved a lot as I've gotten older but I remember my parents used to give me a little hand rub or back massage to distract me from the pain and that helped until my ears adjusted.
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    Ivonne

    December 17, 2016 Reply
    Excellent advice! Thankfully I never flew with my children I too suffer from ear pain and have been chewing gum on take offs and landings and it really helps!
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    Agnes

    December 17, 2016 Reply
    I haven't travelled with children yet but I can imagine what a lot of work it is. This is good to know for when I have my own kids.
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    Chelsea

    December 17, 2016 Reply
    I've never even flown but this is good to know if I ever fly anywhere with my kiddo.
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    andrea

    December 17, 2016 Reply
    We never flew with our kids when they were young but what I can say is I have been on planes with young children and they did not seem very happy. I never get why people give the parents a hard time I fly all the time and I hate it; can't imagine how hard it is on a kid. Great suggestions I will need to pass it on
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    Internationalcaty

    December 18, 2016 Reply
    Great tips for those who have children.
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    Angie Rose

    December 18, 2016 Reply
    I am definitely passing this along to my friend. She will be flying with her little one for the first time in the next few months! How helpful :)
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    Shelby Bromley

    December 19, 2016 Reply
    Awesome tips! I have yet to fly with my 15 month old son but when we do Ill keep this in mind. s
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    katrina

    December 31, 2016 Reply
    As someone who does not have kids, I often forget how hard it is for parents and I am definitely guilty of getting upset when children cry on planes. This is definitely a reminder to be more cognizant
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Comments (12 people commented this post)

  • avatar image

    Amber Myers

    December 17, 2016 Reply
    I always had my kids chew gum at takeoff. When they were smaller, I'd just tell them to suck on their sippy cups. It seemed to help!
  • avatar image

    Heather Denniston

    December 17, 2016 Reply
    I don't have my own children but I am sure sensitive when I see parents traveling with little ones. Particularly when there are strollers and car seats to carry as well!
  • avatar image

    Nellwyn

    December 17, 2016 Reply
    This is great advice! I used to get really bad ear pain during takeoffs and landings when I was a child... It has improved a lot as I've gotten older but I remember my parents used to give me a little hand rub or back massage to distract me from the pain and that helped until my ears adjusted.
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    Ivonne

    December 17, 2016 Reply
    Excellent advice! Thankfully I never flew with my children I too suffer from ear pain and have been chewing gum on take offs and landings and it really helps!
  • avatar image

    Agnes

    December 17, 2016 Reply
    I haven't travelled with children yet but I can imagine what a lot of work it is. This is good to know for when I have my own kids.
  • avatar image

    Chelsea

    December 17, 2016 Reply
    I've never even flown but this is good to know if I ever fly anywhere with my kiddo.
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    andrea

    December 17, 2016 Reply
    We never flew with our kids when they were young but what I can say is I have been on planes with young children and they did not seem very happy. I never get why people give the parents a hard time I fly all the time and I hate it; can't imagine how hard it is on a kid. Great suggestions I will need to pass it on
  • avatar image

    Internationalcaty

    December 18, 2016 Reply
    Great tips for those who have children.
  • avatar image

    Angie Rose

    December 18, 2016 Reply
    I am definitely passing this along to my friend. She will be flying with her little one for the first time in the next few months! How helpful :)
  • avatar image

    Shelby Bromley

    December 19, 2016 Reply
    Awesome tips! I have yet to fly with my 15 month old son but when we do Ill keep this in mind. s
  • avatar image

    katrina

    December 31, 2016 Reply
    As someone who does not have kids, I often forget how hard it is for parents and I am definitely guilty of getting upset when children cry on planes. This is definitely a reminder to be more cognizant
  • How to "survive" a long-haul flight with a young child {our top tips} - Playful Notes

    May 18, 2017 Reply
    […] Read also: An important thing to know when flying with young children […]