Sucking On Candy
Sucking on candy helps stimulate saliva, which can encourage the frequent swallowing necessary for successful ear popping. When using this method, caution should be exercised in the selection of candy. Some patients use lozenges or hard candies that can present a choking risk, particularly for the elderly and those with swallowing difficulties or other underlying health concerns. Patients should choose a hard candy with a hole in it, as this would allow at least some breathing if the candy accidentally became stuck in the throat.
Lollipops may also be a safe alternative for many patients. Chewy or gummy candies such as gummy bears, fruit leather, and chewing gum are also beneficial. While this technique can be safely used by healthy adults, it is not recommended for children. In particular, it should not be used by children under three years old, as they have a very high risk of choking on small candies. Sucking on candy works best when combined with other methods such as forcing a yawn and wearing earplugs.