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Is it safe to fly with a newborn?

My baby is one month old.

Submitted by kvanthillo

Dear Parents of Airborn Newborn:


Most pediatricians believe that a baby of 4 to 6 weeks can handle air flights, although perhaps it would be best to postpone air travel with an infant this young if it can be avoided. A significant problem is the chance that contagious illnesses carried by other passengers will infect the tiny traveler because of the constant re-circulation of cabin air. Another difficulty is that ordinary cabin pressurization usually causes intense pain to infants' ears (helped, somewhat, by having the baby suck or drink during ascent and descent).  


The wisest route is to ask the baby's own doctor, who may be aware of certain issues which would be important in making the best decision here.


Elizabeth Berger MD

Child Psychiatrist and author of "Raising Kids with Character"

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i flew with my daughter when she was 2months old the thought of just fling with a newborn is scary but it isnt at all i just recommend a night flight a good bottle before bording and have a safe flight.... when u do get to ur destination dont be worried if your baby doesnt want to eat or eats less it just the change.... they are in a new place give them 2 days they will be back on track ! i hope the advice helped!
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