Arranging a travel with your small baby is undoubtedly a challenging task. Travelling in the plane is so hectic that if adults don’t have social fear, they may also prefer to cry after certain time being in the plane. It is never an ideal situation to cope in a germ-infested environment totally unfamiliar to you.
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What makes the baby uncomfortable?
Small babies are not able to neutralize the ears required to combat with the changing air pressure during the takeoff and landing time. They are not familiar with the popping of the ears, swallowing or yawning so that Eustachian tube (a passage that links up the middle area to the back of the throat) opens up to equalize the pressure. Mostly pain initiates when pressure can’t be equalized.
Babies and toddlers are prone to sniffles and a cold can make them seriously uncomfortable. Congestion can even make more difficult for the Eustachian tube to open. These tubes are very small in the babies and get easily blocked ultimately making them very uneasy.
You can keep your baby from crying on the plane by trying these tips:
- Try to feed or nurse the baby during takeoff and landing as it may help to deal the ear discomfort.
- You can distract him from getting uncomfortable or irritated by engaging him to play with his favourite toy
- Plan the flight time according to your baby sleeping time, so that he can spend most of the travel during his sleep.
- Give your child a dose of Ibuprofen 30 minutes ahead of flight, to deal ear pain and congestion during flight
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