How can I prevent my child from getting barotrauma?

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If you take children on a plane flight, they risk getting ear barotrauma during takeoff or landing. You can give your child or baby a drink or encourage them to blow bubbles with a straw. Older children can chew gum. These techniques keep the eustachian tube open, thereby allowing the inner ear to respond to changes in pressure from the outside. If these methods are unsuccessful, there are prescription eardrops that will numb the pain of barotrauma. Do not give your child decongestants.

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