Began the season of holidays. Someone is going to fly with the baby on the sea, and someone - to visit grandmothers and grandfathers. But most of all the questions are, perhaps, the most crucial stage - the road. And if the train is more or less clear, the planes often cause fear among young parents. At what age is it safe for children to fly on airplanes? Will not the baby harm the pressure drop?
Why is he crying?
On the Internet, the idea is very popular that babies do not lay their ears during take-off and landing, since they, unlike adults, have a fontanel. But this is a myth! The head of a person is not a ball: the cavity of the skull is closed, the cavity of the middle ear is also closed, and they have absolutely no way of communicating with themselves. Therefore, the presence of an open fontanel does not affect the eardrum in any way - babies can also lay ears in an airplane in the same way. Thus, the kids scream on the airplane because of the same reasons, because of which they cry at home or on the street, plus the pressure on the ears is added to it. But this pressure can cause severe discomfort only if the permeability of the Eustachian tubes is impaired, and the pressure on both sides of the tympanic membrane is leveled with difficulty. In other cases, it is quite tolerable and easily tolerated if the baby at the time of take-off and landing sucks a nipple or chest.
What does he feel?
The parents have one more question: do children feel any more acute pressure changes than adults in the flight? To answer these questions, let's formulate the main difference in the structure of the skull of an infant and the skull of an adult. In an adult, it consists of strong and firm bones, while the baby has skull bones that are still quite mobile, and not all the sites have managed to ossify. In addition, the child for the first year of life is kept open a large fontanel located on the vertex. Finally he overgrew on average about a year.
On average, the aircraft flies at an altitude of 10,000 m. During the flight, the cabin pressure is approximately equal to the pressure at 2500 meters above sea level. That is, the entire body of any passenger, including the skull, is squeezed with a different force, making the skull bones slightly apart, increasing in volume. When a person descends to the ground, the pressure on his body again rises to 1 atmosphere. But thanks to the presence of the fontanel, babies, in comparison with parents and older children, are easier to tolerate pressure differences associated with take-off and landing. This fact will be confirmed by mothers who have already flown with babies on the plane more than once. If the child does not care about anything (colic, hunger, erupting teeth, overexcitation, fatigue), he can safely sleep the whole flight and not even notice a decrease or climb.
Do I need to worry?
What is dangerous such a difference? If the bones of the skull of the baby are located correctly and the seams are free, then this drop is easily transferred. But if there are initial problems, the pressure drop causes some discomfort. Therefore, after landing in the children may begin to hurt your head. This is typical for people of all ages, whose skull bones are displaced. At the same time, most of them do not have any unpleasant symptoms during the flight itself. If an adult has a headache after the flight, he can drink a pill, massage, stand under a hot shower, and it will become easier. The baby does not have such options, and the only thing that he has to do is scream, because during the screaming the seams of the skull diverge slightly and the pain is dulled. The same action has sucking, so after the flight some children tend to double-eagle on the nipple or chest. If your baby starts crying and fuss after landing, it's a signal that you need to pay close attention to his health. But the flights themselves, of course, do no harm to the kids. So fly, relax and have fun!In the way, the road with the child! I was born! 7 lifjhakov for young parents