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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.
I wish you all happy and easy flights with the children, I know that the journeys can be difficult sometimes, so I’m sure that every good trick can make a difference.