What are the best ways to stop children’s ears blocking whilst travelling in an aircraft?


Posted by Andy, 6th December 2016


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  • Gum or having a bottle of water, milk or your breast handy :)



  • I make sure I have lollipops as well as gum. It is important the jaw is in constant motion, yawning helps as well.
    You can also use nasal sprays which help, but I am not sure how old your child is.



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  • Lollies with Eucalyptus are very good. Inhaling Eycalyptus on special wipes or tissues helps too. A few years ago we were on a plane that was definitely incorrectly pressurised. Everybody was having problems, even those who were sucking lollies.



  • I’ve heard that sucking one lollipop is very useful!



  • Breastfeeding OR bottle on take off landing. NB: don’t start till the Stewarts take their seats as taxi-ing can take a long time! I also I took on loads of little snacks, such as sultanas, yogurt drops, Heinz nutrios and my 15 month old snacked, meaning he was chewing and therefore popping his ears, I had no issues! Good luck



  • The travel agent told me to have them chew something like lollies or twisties on take off and landing


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