Worried about the plane trip...

Tabatha - posted on 07/11/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My SPD son will be four next week. We are taking a family vacation to Disney and we have prepared him as much as possible. We have planned to slow the pace, work around nap, split up with the other kids, etc. What I am stressed out about is the plane ride. He loves airplanes and is so excited, but I know the noise and ear popping is going to be extreme for him. Any words of advice out there?

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Rebecca - posted on 06/17/2011

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Chewing gum, lollipops, or a bottle, if you're comfortable with that. You need to keep him chewing or sucking on something during take off and land. If he will tolerate it, nasal spray before take off and before land can also help. When I was a child, I sucked on lemon pieces. The chewing/sucking motion as well as the swallowing cause the ear to adjust with out the extreme popping. I'm not sure what the nasal does, but several of the crew members I worked with in the AF swore by it. Good luck!

April - posted on 07/14/2010

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Oh wow! I haven't been through this myself, so I'm not going to have a lot of tips other than the common sense stuff. Try gum and/or a drink for the take-off and landing to help with the ear popping. You could try to have him practice swallowing or yawning on purpose. As for the noise, does he listen to music? An ipod or portable cd player with headphones could help drown out the noise. I know this probably isn't anything you haven't already thought of. :) What I will suggest is to bring every reasonable thing that might help calm and soothe him so at least if it does get to a meltdown point, you'll know you did everything you possibly could to prevent it. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best!

Also, I have absolutely no idea if this would work but I thought I'd throw it out there: the teething tablets that are used for babies are a homeopathic remedy that basically calms the child. It MIGHT be possible that a larger dose (I reason that a 4 year old would need a bit more than a 6 month old) could calm an older child. I would definitely talk to his doctor about it and if you think it might be an option, do a trial run before the trip. Just a thought!

Best of luck to you! I hope you all have a great time!

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