How can I make my baby's first airplane experience as comfortable as possible?

Q: I'm taking a trip to Alaska with my one year old daughter in January. We are from Texas. Is this trip going to affect her lungs or give her ear problems? Since we are flying, what should I bring for her so the pressure won't hurt her ears?

A: No worries about health problems and flying, or traveling to Alaska. However, young children do not intuitively know how to yawn to accomodate their middle ears for the change in cabin pressure. So, getting your toddler to drink on take off and landing will help alleviate that potential discomfort.


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