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A long, fun-filled family holiday to a far off destination is one thing that everyone looks forward to every year. Brightly colored memories are made that lasts lifelong. As a Parent, during an upcoming air travel, there are so many things to juggle with kids around and ear ache is one among them. Regardless of which airlines you travel by or which seat you occupy one thing that many travelers face is the problem of discomfort in the ear and it tends to be little more prominent in case of kids. Are you up for an air travel with your family anytime soon? Is ear discomfort and ache a reason of your quandary? Read on to know how to tackle this problem and make the best of the journey for your kids.
The condition of discomfort in the ear or ear ache during travel, in medical terms is known as Ear Barotrauma. In simple words, it is the difference in the air pressure in the inside of the inner ear and outside that causes the discomfort in the ear.
Ideally, the pressure in the inside of inner ear and outside is more or less same when we are at the same altitude. When we travel by air, as the plane takes off there is a sudden change in the pressure of air instead of a gradual change like when we go for treks to places at higher altitude. The gradual change in pressure while climbing up or down the hill does not cause us much of a discomfort.
However, the sudden change in pressure during takeoff and landing of a plane causes a lot of discomfort and ear pain. The pressure inside of the ear and outside do not equalize rapidly in such cases.
When the flight takes off and plane ascends, the pressure of the inner ear surpasses that of the outside. This causes the eardrum or the tympanic membrane to swell outwards. Conversely, if the pressure inside the inner ear is less than the outside, the eardrum tends to be sucked inward. The stretching of the eardrum because of pressure difference is what causes the discomfort or pain in the ear.
Kids are sensitive by nature. A new environment itself can be a dampener to their mood if not dealt with well. Travelling by airplane restricts their movement a lot which makes them fidgety. Earache during the travel will only lower their spirits because of which they may not look forward to air travel in the future. It’s better to prepare them for the travel beforehand.
If the infection is acute, then the pressure in your child’s ears during landing and take-off can make him very uncomfortable. In rare cases, a severe ear infection can even cause the eardrums to burst.
Check with your doctor and if required postpone your flight if your baby develops an ear infection and you have a flight scheduled in few hours. Usually, it takes a couple of days for the ear infection to subside. You child will be spared of unnecessary ear pain.
If you have a flight coming up in a couple of days and your child develops an ear infection, then check for any signs of discomfort in 24 to 48 hours after an ear infection starts. If your child does not experience any pain and is not having a fever then he is ready to fly. Do check with your doctor and get a go ahead signal from him too.
With patience and simple precautions, you can make the journey for you and your child less stressful and more comfortable. Hope the article was of help to you. Please feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments box below.
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