Flying with a child who has an ear infection

Heather - posted on 03/07/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




My family and I are supposed to be flying to Florida tomorrow. As luck always has it, my five year old daughter came down with an illness today. I took her to the doctor who advised us not to fly with her. She has a double ear infection - one of the ear drums has a blister on it. I've spoken with my son's ENT and another doctor who both said that we can fly if we take the necessary precautions, but she could experience a great deal of pain. Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on the matter???


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Jodi - posted on 03/07/2012




Nope, I wouldn't fly with her. Years ago, my step son came down with an ear infection right before we were going to fly. The doctor gave us antibiotics, and told us that he shouldn't fly until those antibiotics kicked in, so about 48 hours. So instead of us all flying together, I flew with 2 of the kids (I had to be there for some work too), and my husband followed 2 days later with his son.

Just remember that if they are experiencing pain, it is often a pressure build up behind the ear drum. In a plane, that pressure buildup from the infection could burst the ear drum, and believe me, you don't want that if you can avoid it. My son had one when he was young that never healed, and it damaged his hearing (not a lot, but a little) permanently, and he had to have microsurgery when he was older to repair it.

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