written by mhoye and filed under life parenting / May 16, 2009
A: “Why do you think Maya was fussy last night?”
M: “Maybe because of the storm. The big change in pressure might have upset her.”
A: “How does she feel pressure changes? I don’t feel them.”
M: “I sure do.”
A: “But that’s because you’re old.”
You’re such a tease with that subject line — I thought you were going to be providing a discourse on The Specials.
You also have big ears.
Seriously. You have a valid argument I think.
Take a flight and notice how mostly the little kids are crying a lot on take-off and landing. Their eustachian tubes which handle pressure equalization are small and its often hard for them to equalize pressure.
For the next four years, you should expect to be woken up at least twice nightly with your child’s in-built barometric pressure sensor on stormy nights. That’s even if your child is cool with thunder etc. As it turns out, the best solution is swallowing to equalize the pressure in the eustachian tubes. OK, you know that already, but here’s some advice: save yourself the 3:00am trip downstairs to the drinks shelf in the fridge, with a whimpering child in one arm and the dark room lit up with eerie flashes of lightening. Always keep a bottle in the bedroom to help weather the storm.