How to avoid ear discomfort during your flight

Ear discomfort is very common on an airplane due to sudden changes in atmospheric pressure, especially during take-off and landing.

The good news is that with some simple procedures, this discomfort can be reduced and even avoided.

Here are some tips to relieve this inconvenience:

Chew gum. The chewing movement, during take-off and landing, helps balance the pressure in the ears, reducing the feeling of discomfort. Alternatively, you can eat or simulate the swallowing movement.

Perform the Valsalva Method. Relieve the clogged ear sensation as follows: inhale, cover your nose with your fingers and exhale gently with your mouth closed. We suggest repeating this procedure whenever you feel any discomfort in your ears.

Yawn. Making yourself yawn helps to move the bones and muscles of the face, regulating pressure. Another possibility is to open your mouth widely and closing it again and again.

Clear your nose. If you have a cold or a stuffy nose before the trip, it is advisable to reach an otolaryngologist who prescribes the appropriate medication to take in advance, such as a nasal decongestant.

If you are traveling with a baby, you can breastfeed, give him a pacifier or a bottle during take-off and landing to help reduce the pressure. For older children, it may be a good idea to offer them gum or to make them yawn through games and play.

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