Ive asked Before but Didnt get much help

Jenny - posted on 10/20/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My husband got a new duty station which is in Germany I was just wondering some things that I could do for my daughter who is 1 to help with her ears.

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Heather - posted on 10/21/2009

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Also, if you plan of doing the sippy cup or bottle thing make sure you have plenty of diapers. For some reason when they are in the air they urinate a lot. I have always used the Huggies nighttime ones. They are thicker! Good Luck in Germany!

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Patricia - posted on 10/23/2009

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When I took leave when my son was 6 months old and flew from Virginia to Texas, and I gave him some tylenol before we got on the plane, a bottle on take off, so he would go to sleep and not disturb the other plane riders. Then as we landed I woke him up and gave him another bottle, so that the sucking and swallowing movements popped his ears before they could bother him. If your daughter doesn't take a bottle, try a sippy cup or some snacks of some kind. I've always been told swallowing something helps pop their ears. It worked for me, I hope it does the same for you and your daughter.

Wanita (Wendy) - posted on 10/22/2009

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I believe that you are talking about the pressue that builds up during take offs and landings. . . it helps if they are sucking on something, like a bottle or pacifier during those events, it helps to equalize the pressue. At least it did with my son.

Courtney - posted on 10/22/2009

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If on the plane I was told by the doctor to nurse or give a bottle or binkie while taking off and landing as the sucking action helps "pop" the ears. If not talking about a plane ride then more details are definitely needed before I can help at all.

Holly - posted on 10/21/2009

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I fly regularly with a 2 year old and a 6 month old. I use the pacifier/sippy cup technique and have had great success. To get my older son to drink, I give him juice or chocolate milk-- beverages that are saved for very special occasions like holidays and birthday parties. Whenever my ears pop during the flight, I try to get the kids to take a drink or suck on the pacifier to clear their ears. Good luck! Quick note: if you are using a vented bottle system like Dr. Browns, you might want to keep the bottle for decent open. Otherwise the pressure will cause it to leak like crazy...I learned that the hard way!

Monica - posted on 10/21/2009

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well Jenny you have to be more clear, on your worries about the ears of your daughter, that way we will be able to help more :)

Patty - posted on 10/21/2009

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I'm a military brat too my dad actually meet my mom in Germany and made her a US citizens. I remember my dad being stationed in Germany many times so Alot of plan rides. My son travels alot all over for fencing and I have a 18mth old and a 3yrs old. My 3yr old went on planes starting at 6mths old and here's what I did that worked. If your still breast feeding try to do that on landing and taking off. It keeps the ustation tubes open therefore not causing pressure build up (same motion that it takes for us to chew gum on a plane) My daugter recently I used a pacifier and I used gummy bears or some form a chewy candy. Essentially you need her to be sucking or chewing on something. Try a sippy that is a little difficult to suck the fluid through. Good luck.

Keri - posted on 10/21/2009

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Make sure she has something to suck on during taking off and landing (bottle, sippy cup, etc.). That will probably be the only time her ears might bother her. They also have numbing ear drops you might want to ask your pediatrician about. I now mine gave them to me when we were traveling with my son when he was very young.

Amanda - posted on 10/21/2009

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my little girl is two my partners family live abroad and we are constantly traveling back and for ward i always try to get her asleep before we take off because thats wen it is the worst but other wise we give her a lollipop to suck on or rub something on her paccifier so she really sucks it i find this works great also a distraction is good toys or her fav food ! once your up in the air its not as bad but i dont think u need to give her medicine or anything like that try bringing a pillow and make her as comfy as possible my little girl usually sleeps then ! hope this helps

Tami - posted on 10/20/2009

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That is a very long plane ride. My pediatrician told us when we flew that there isn't much you can do for a child that age. She suggested going to the dollar store and buying many different toys that my son had never seen. Put the toys in seperate baggies and pull them out of your carry on as needed to keep her entertained. If you have the money a portable dvd player is also very helpful. I just bought a cd case to carrry my sons favorite movies with us. The more entertained she is the better the flight will go. One thing that the ped. suggested was making sure you have a sippy cup or bottle of something to drink for take off and landing (which is the hardest times on your ears. If she is still nursing you can do that as well if you don't want to give her a bottle. Truth be told I like you was very concerned about my son's ears and he slept the whole flight! Of course our flight was from Colorado to North Carolina not all the way to Germany! Good luck!

Steffani - posted on 10/20/2009

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If it's an ear infection Tylenol and Motrin Rotating every 3 hours. And call a doctor to get antibiotics. Put a large pillow under the mattress of her crib to keep her propped up. If it's for the plane ride a binkie would do wonders, if you don't use one a bottle or sippie cup at landing and take off should help. In between you could try something to chew on. Any kind of food really. You dont want anything too chewy that she could choke on. Good Luck!

Cheri - posted on 10/20/2009

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if your talking about the plane ride? i've always taken my kids on plans as early as 6 weeks never had any probelms maybee bring advil with just in case but i would honestly say with 3 kids i've never had a probelm we've been on planes several times hope that helps!;)

Karrie - posted on 10/20/2009

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Quoting Karrie:

if you are talking about for the plane, try chewy candy, she would probably just swallow gum!


Oh yeah, Good luck in Germany!

Karrie - posted on 10/20/2009

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if you are talking about for the plane, try chewy candy, she would probably just swallow gum!

Candice - posted on 10/20/2009

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i laways found advil worked better for the pain of ear infections than tylenol. But the only thing that gets rid of it is antibiotics. it's worse when they lay down, so elevating their head when they sleep helps. Sucks to see it...my daughter had multiple ear infections.

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