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03 Apr 2003

Air travel with newborn
I am a South African, currently living in Europe. I am planning to have my first baby in SA in August this year, and will travel back to Europe 4 weeks after the birth. Are their any risks involved for a 4 week old baby to travel long-distance by air? Do you have any recommendations or tips for flying with such a young baby?
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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

Air travel should not be a major problem, apart from the risk of exposure to the illnesses of fellow travelers in a confined space. Luckily small babies often travel easier than when they are a bit older and more headstrong. I hope you aim to breastfeed your baby as that is really a bonus when you travel. I will not advise any sedative medication, but ensure that you book the corect seat with a baby basinnette. To prevent your child from developing ear ache during ascent or descent it helps to breast feed during these times (or else give a dummy or bottle) as the swallowing action allows equalibration of the pressure inside and outside the eardrum. Do not pass your small bay around to everyone, especially if people have symptoms of airway infection etc.

Good luck with the delivery!! Be sure to enjoy your baby and your future visits!
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