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How can I manage the effects of pressure changes on my baby on a plane?

The ear canals in babies are narrower and more curved than adults, so pressure changes during takeoff and landing (landing more so than takeoff) can sometimes cause pain. Breastfeeding, bottlefeeding, or sucking on a pacifier is often soothing during these periods because sucking and swallowing can help equalize the pressure and decrease the pain. Wait until you are sure the plane is about to take off or start its descent so your baby doesn’t fill up and stop sucking too soon. Another tip that may ease discomfort is to give the appropriate dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol) about 30 minutes prior to takeoff and, if the flight is longer than 4 hours, again prior to landing.
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