Last year, I wrote about a simple product that has forever changed the way I fly: Ear Planes! I used to absolutely dread flying because I sometimes deal with terrible, terrible ear pressure. If you’ve ever dealt with this, you likely feel my pain. On a whim last year, I bought these things and to my surprise, they worked! I now use them every single time I fly and I’ve yet to have an issue.
We recently took a trip with the kids and I noticed that the airport was selling a kids’ version of the product (Amazon link). They were definitely not cheap (airport markup!), but since my kids also struggle with ear pressure when flying, I picked up a couple pairs. The kids’ version of this product is a bit smaller than the adult size (and it would also work for smaller-sized ears). I wasn’t sure if my kids would tolerate having these in their ears, or even if they’d work for them – but they did! NEITHER of my kids complained about their ears during any of our flights (each way had a layover). In fact, my daughter even slept through our plane landing. This is huge as she’s usually in pretty bad discomfort.
As a parent, I felt it was worth sharing this about this amazing, simple product because chances are there are some folks reading this that have dealt with having their kids complain about painful ears during airplane rides. Now I paid an arm and a leg at the airport, but I noticed that they are much cheaper on Amazon. Right now, you’d end up paying less for 3 pairs than I did 2 pairs! While they say they are one-time use only, my kids did just fine keeping their pair for our return flight. (However, they do collect dirt and wax and will just get gross, so you do want to replace them!)
I had fun reading through some of the reviews of parents with similar experiences. Check it out:
My 8 year old daughter has had problems forever and really despises flying because of her ear problems. I was so excited to hear about these, couldn’t buy them fast enough. On our 3 1/2 hour flight, tried these and it was the first time EVER that my daughter didn’t cry during the descent. My daughter has always cried from ear pressure pain during landings every time we’ve flown. I suffer from the same problem. These little ear plugs helped so much! She didn’t cry!!
Wish I would have known about these a long time ago!! My kids always have a rough time flying due to the pressure in their ears. Our pediatrician told me to go to CVS and buy these. Had never heard of them before! There was only 1 pack left so bought them and decided to check out Amazon. Much better deal of course!! They worked fantastic!! My kids for the first time ever, had NO ear pain/pressure problems while flying.
Now that we’re back from our trip, I’ll be buying some more to restock our family first aid kit.
If you’ve used these (or something similar), I’d love to know what you think! Head to Amazon to check out the child’s Ear Plugs and you can also purchase adult-size Ear Plugs, too.