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lezammer
09-12-2008, 10:18 PM
Hi everyone! Just wondering what you all have done to reduce air pressure in your children's ears during take off and landing? My kids no longer use the pacifier which was the best trick I ever used.

Thanks

lisadr
09-12-2008, 10:29 PM
Gum, lollipops, and Earplanes. You can find kids sized earplanes in the drug aisle of the grocery store -I found ours in Walmart-they are earplugs and have saved us many times;)

chloe770
09-13-2008, 07:15 AM
I give DS tootsie rolls to eat. He does not chew gum and tootsie rolls are very chewy.:)

karliebug
09-13-2008, 09:00 AM
decongestant before travel and earplanes (those things have been a God send for us). We used to suffer terribly from ear pain. I wouldn't travel without them. They come in kid and adult sizes and you can buy them at most drug stores, walmarts , Kmart,etc.

DISNEYFOS
09-13-2008, 09:59 AM
If it is really bad during decent which my daughter experiences....a friend told us of a trick that works every time. You ask a flight attendant for two stryoform cups (coffee), have her/him put a bit of steaming hot water into the bottom..just a bit, then stuff paper towels on top so it doesn't leak out then hold the cups over the ears. Instant relief to the pain/pressure.

We've been on multiple flights and we've only had one flight attendant that wasn't willing to provide us with it...(and she was not a very nice person).

lisadr
09-13-2008, 10:06 AM
If it is really bad during decent which my daughter experiences....a friend told us of a trick that works every time. You ask a flight attendant for two stryoform cups (coffee), have her/him put a bit of steaming hot water into the bottom..just a bit, then stuff paper towels on top so it doesn't leak out then hold the cups over the ears. Instant relief to the pain/pressure.

We've been on multiple flights and we've only had one flight attendant that wasn't willing to provide us with it...(and she was not a very nice person).

I am intrigued- so you put hot H2O in the cup-I'm guessing like an 1/8 C or so? Then put the paper towels in the bottom so it soaks up the water but still steams? Then put it on the ear? So is it like candling ear wax? In case your not familiar -candling is when you put a wax cone in the ear and light the other and it draws the wax out by creating a vaccum(sp). Does that sound right??

PrincessPeyton
09-13-2008, 10:10 AM
We just too my DD2 for her first plane ride 2 weeks ago, I was terrified of how she would do with her ears.
Like the OP we took tootsie rolls and those gummy lifesavers for her to chew on since she is too young for gum.
She had no problems and feel asleep!

Jakesmom504
09-13-2008, 10:26 AM
We just came back last Sat and I bought a bag of lollipops with us. On the trip down I had these smaller Pooh lollipops and then I forgot to take them out of the suitcase for the ride home. Since we were delayed at the airport because of Hanna, DH bought him Jolly Rancher lollipops which were much bigger and I found worked much better just because they lasted longer. He didn't have any problems at all. It was funny though, I always knew when he needed one because he would start talking really loud!:rotfl: I was afraid of giving him any kind of candy pieces since he's only 4, I'm paranoid about him choking, but the lollipops worked great!:thumbsup2

momto2inKC
09-13-2008, 11:17 AM
Earplanes! :thumbsup2 One tip, if you're buying them for kids, get the ones for kids. There are several 'off brands' that say they are universal fit for kids and adults. But they are way too big for kids ears. The only place in our area that sells Kids Earplanes is CVS.

musclemouse
09-13-2008, 11:42 AM
Yes this has been a concern of mine as I suffer from ear pain when flying. Thanks for the tips!

lezammer
09-13-2008, 12:40 PM
If it is really bad during decent which my daughter experiences....a friend told us of a trick that works every time. You ask a flight attendant for two stryoform cups (coffee), have her/him put a bit of steaming hot water into the bottom..just a bit, then stuff paper towels on top so it doesn't leak out then hold the cups over the ears. Instant relief to the pain/pressure.

We've been on multiple flights and we've only had one flight attendant that wasn't willing to provide us with it...(and she was not a very nice person).

Wow! I had never heard of this! Thanks for enlightening me!!:idea:

lezammer
09-13-2008, 12:41 PM
I had never even heard of Earplanes! This is why I love this site!!!:love:

DISNEYFOS
09-13-2008, 01:16 PM
I am intrigued- so you put hot H2O in the cup-I'm guessing like an 1/8 C or so? Then put the paper towels in the bottom so it soaks up the water but still steams? Then put it on the ear? So is it like candling ear wax? In case your not familiar -candling is when you put a wax cone in the ear and light the other and it draws the wax out by creating a vaccum(sp). Does that sound right??



I guess so. That must be what is does to equalize the pressure. All I know is it is immediate relief....Going from my child screaming pain..to a huge grin. And we have tried everything else..gum, chewy things, sucking on bottles..binkies, earplanes...decongestants. We even got a prescription ear pain relief from the Ped for the problem and this is the only thing that is consistent relief.

The only other thing that has helped is if the pilot makes an awfully slow decent..and that doesn't happen often.

tam626
09-13-2008, 02:38 PM
Tootsie rolls, thanks for that tip. My 3yr. old does'nt care for most gummies but loves tootsie rolls.

DisneyBrat
09-13-2008, 07:42 PM
Our local AAA office sells Earplanes. I think they are 7.99 for members and 8.99 non member. How much are they at CVS?

momto2inKC
09-13-2008, 08:05 PM
Our local AAA office sells Earplanes. I think they are 7.99 for members and 8.99 non member. How much are they at CVS?

We just bought some 2 nights ago and they were 6.99.

Disneygirl26
09-15-2008, 09:29 AM
If it is really bad during decent which my daughter experiences....a friend told us of a trick that works every time. You ask a flight attendant for two stryoform cups (coffee), have her/him put a bit of steaming hot water into the bottom..just a bit, then stuff paper towels on top so it doesn't leak out then hold the cups over the ears. Instant relief to the pain/pressure.

We've been on multiple flights and we've only had one flight attendant that wasn't willing to provide us with it...(and she was not a very nice person).

Our last DW trip 10/07 my DS10 ears stopped up really bad to the point he was in tears nothing we did help and a flight attendent suggested this and it worked immediately. We leave and 10 days I've bought earplanes I hope they work so we won't have to use this trick.

outofscale
09-15-2008, 09:44 AM
Sorry if this has already been explained, but what are earplanes?

perkinsrose
09-15-2008, 09:55 AM
I give DS tootsie rolls to eat. He does not chew gum and tootsie rolls are very chewy.:)

We don't do much gum either. I bring a big package of Twizzlers red licorice for the family and seems to work well.

DISNEYFOS
09-15-2008, 10:49 AM
Our last DW trip 10/07 my DS10 ears stopped up really bad to the point he was in tears nothing we did help and a flight attendent suggested this and it worked immediately. We leave and 10 days I've bought earplanes I hope they work so we won't have to use this trick.

I actually found the "warm water in Cup Idea" in a product on Leaps and Bounds website last night. If you do a search for ear on their website they have a product that you just add warm water too to allievate the pain.

I bought two for our upcoming trip. Unfortunately, the earplanes didn't work for DD..They didn't actually work for me either... must be a genetic thing.

ratherbeindisney
09-15-2008, 01:00 PM
Can you tell me what earplanes are? My 6 yesr old still has such troubles.

DISNEYFOS
09-15-2008, 01:20 PM
you can purchased them at CVS or other drug stores...They are little plastic earplug type things that you insert into your childs ear prior to take off. They are supposed to regulate the pressure in the ear.

Cdnmommy
09-15-2008, 01:33 PM
you can purchased them at CVS or other drug stores...They are little plastic earplug type things that you insert into your childs ear prior to take off. They are supposed to regulate the pressure in the ear.

Thanks for the info, I have never heard of these before (which might make sense as I've never flown before and am planning a trip for me, dh, dd & ds for November). Do they have to wear the earplanes for the duration of the plane ride? :)

lilyfrog73
09-15-2008, 01:58 PM
Great tips!!! When we go, it will be both my DD and DS's first plane ride. I was wondering what I could do/get to prepare myself for this problem. My last plane ride, I was in tears the entire flight back from Miami due to my ears and I do not want my kids experiencing that.

danjoan14
09-15-2008, 02:10 PM
I actually found the "warm water in Cup Idea" in a product on Leaps and Bounds website last night. If you do a search for ear on their website they have a product that you just add warm water too to allievate the pain.

I bought two for our upcoming trip. Unfortunately, the earplanes didn't work for DD..They didn't actually work for me either... must be a genetic thing.

DS and I tried the earplanes last year. We had the same problem. They didn't work! :confused:

lezammer
09-15-2008, 10:53 PM
I actually found the "warm water in Cup Idea" in a product on Leaps and Bounds website last night. If you do a search for ear on their website they have a product that you just add warm water too to allievate the pain.

I bought two for our upcoming trip. Unfortunately, the earplanes didn't work for DD..They didn't actually work for me either... must be a genetic thing.

Thanks for this tip! I went on Leaps and Bounds and they sell both the Earplanes (for $6.95 for the pair) and the Ear Ease Pain Reliever (for $14.95 for one). But obviously you would have to buy 2 of those Ear Ease things for both ears, right?:confused3 Water in styrofoam is much much cheaper!:laughing: Considering I would have to buy 6 of those things!

I think if I had to, I'd buy the earplanes as I can imagine what a big project it would be to get my 2yo, 3yo, 5yo to hold their styrofoam cups on their ears during take off and landing:eek:
Anyway, thanks for all of these fabulous tips! I'm definitely going to use some of them next week when we go!

wilder2244
09-15-2008, 11:01 PM
These are great tips! I'll definitely be using these when we fly with our DD2 to Orlando for her first Disney trip. We have never flown with her before and I'm nervous about how she's going to react. At least now I can be prepared!

DISNEYFOS
09-16-2008, 07:06 AM
Thanks for this tip! I went on Leaps and Bounds and they sell both the Earplanes (for $6.95 for the pair) and the Ear Ease Pain Reliever (for $14.95 for one). But obviously you would have to buy 2 of those Ear Ease things for both ears, right?:confused3 Water in styrofoam is much much cheaper!:laughing: Considering I would have to buy 6 of those things!

I think if I had to, I'd buy the earplanes as I can imagine what a big project it would be to get my 2yo, 3yo, 5yo to hold their styrofoam cups on their ears during take off and landing:eek:
Anyway, thanks for all of these fabulous tips! I'm definitely going to use some of them next week when we go!

I think I would only do the Ear Ease Pain Relievers if you know your child has problems..and gum, earplanes, etc don't work.

bjscheel
09-16-2008, 10:53 AM
Last time DD didn't complain on the plane, but the next morning she was in tears, and off and on throughout our trip. I'm guessing it was from the plane, so I might try to find Earplanes for this trip. I'd also like to start giving her decongestant before we leave but I don't know if there are any good OTC ones anymore. First Aid at WDW told us we needed a decongestant but you can't get any in WDW that we could find!

Younger DD has tubes so she should be good!

danjoan14
09-16-2008, 02:32 PM
Last time DD didn't complain on the plane, but the next morning she was in tears, and off and on throughout our trip. I'm guessing it was from the plane, so I might try to find Earplanes for this trip. I'd also like to start giving her decongestant before we leave but I don't know if there are any good OTC ones anymore. First Aid at WDW told us we needed a decongestant but you can't get any in WDW that we could find!

Younger DD has tubes so she should be good!

The tubes are fine. A few years ago, my DS had tubes. He had no problems at all. Since his tubes have fallen out, we now use a decongestant that does work some of the times. :yay: The ENT has us use Dimetapp for DS when we fly.

Cdnmommy
09-23-2008, 12:50 PM
I've never flown before and am wondering if anyone can tell me how long you leave the earplanes in for? Do you have to keep them in for the entire flight or just at take-off and landing? :confused3 Thanks in advance for any info.

mirandag819
09-23-2008, 01:00 PM
We gave dd starbursts and sugar free twizzlers and both kept her chewing and we avoided ear pain on our trip last week.