Hearing management

Posted by: h | 2008/12/17


flying while having grommets

my sister' s baby of 8 months got grommets put in when he was 5 months. they are soon going to fly on an airplane. do you have any tips on taking good care on the flights during take off and landing when it comes to the cabin pressure.

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert

Dear H

The grommets should help to control the pressure in the little one's ears while flying. The reason while children often experience pain during take-off and landing is because of the pressure changes. As adults we can control these pressure changes by equalizing our ears. With children we can give them something like jelly babies to chew, that will help with the pressure. With babies it is more difficult - one can make sure that they are not congested and maybe initiate swallowing by letting them drink something. If she is concerned she can discuss the condition of the babies ears as well as the status of the grommets and the safety of flying with their doctor.

Please let me know if you have any further questions

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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