Air Travel and Ear Pressure

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How can I help relieve the pressure in their ears during air travel?

Jordan S. Josephson, MD
Balloon blowing is great for kids. Kids that have problems, if you can get them to chew gum, stay well hydrated and blow balloons. If they have allergies, you need to treat their allergies before they get on the plane. Maybe you need an antihistamine. You could teach your kids to pop the ears or eat or any of those things. When you swallow your Eustachian tubes open up. So you swallow 12 times a minute. Your Eustachian tubes are opening because the pressures in your environment are constantly changing. On the plane it's a much more drastic change. And so blowing balloons, chewing gum, those things are really, really good for you.