Half of all passengers taking a flight have experienced the unpleasant feeling of pressure or pain in the ears, which is primarily experienced during descent and landing phase. Usually the problem can be solved relatively quickly by equalising the pressure, e.g. by yawning or swallowing.
The symptoms are often more severe in children and the pressure cannot be equalised so easily. If the equalisation of pressure cannot be achieved, barotrauma develops that can begin with the symptoms described above. The following article explains why children are more prone to developing barotrauma of the ear, and shows some options on how to prevent and avoid severe impact of the barotrauma.