I'd like to add tips about helping your child through the change in elevation during takeoff and landing that can make their ears hurt. Last week I was seated behind a mom and a 4 year old whose ears were hurting during the descent. The mom was so patient and good with him, giving him snacks and continuous coaching: "Chew with big bites....Swallow...Chew some more ". She tried to get him to yawn, but he was having trouble forcing a yawn, so she just kept him chewing. With older kids, gum can help.
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