Traveling with kids can be stressful enough as is but there is nothing worse than the oppressive hovering fear that someone will get “airplane ear.” I remember getting it a few times as a kid and it was just plain awful, so now, during take off and landing, I basically open up my own small concession stand – handing out lollipops, bottles of water and headphones (for some reason it helps) all while encouraging a “yawning” marathon. So what exactly is this sinister “airplane ear”? The technical name is “Barotrauma” which in a nutshell means trauma (yikes!) to your inner ear valve due to a a pressure differential. Flight attendants always suggest filling cups with warm soaked paper towels to hold over your ears or holding your nose and blowing (neither which has ever really worked for me at least). Sticking your fingers in your ears always seems to help (although probably not the best idea). Any other suggestions?