Airplanes have become the first choice for many families to travel on holidays, but if a new member has just been added to the family, flying with a baby is indeed a frustrating thing. How old can a baby take an airplane? What should we pay attention to?
From a physiological point of view, newborns can fly with their parents after 1-2 weeks of birth. The air pressure and radiation problems that parents often worry about will not cause any serious adverse effects on the baby. Therefore, if it is an emergency, babies of this age can take the plane.
But under normal circumstances, it is not recommended for babies within 3-4 months to travel by plane. Because flying at high altitudes where the air is thin and the pressure is very low, the aircraft air conditioner adopts the method of air circulation. In a closed space, no fresh air enters. Therefore, the aircraft has become a very good channel for the rapid spread of infectious diseases. If someone in the cabin has a cold or other disease that can be transmitted through the air, the pathogen will quickly reach every corner through the ventilation system in the cabin.
For adults or older children, such a problem is not a big problem, but for newborns who are just a few weeks old and whose immune system is not yet perfect, even breastfed babies, the threat of these pathogens is also high. Especially for premature babies or newborn babies who already have some health problems, you need to be more cautious. If you need to take an airplane, please consult a pediatrician first and get the doctor’s approval and advice before proceeding. When the baby grows up to more than 4-6 months, the resistance to these pathogens will increase. This problem does not require parents to be nervous.
In addition, in the neonatal stage, the baby's work and rest schedules are very chaotic, and the sleep and milk time is irregular, which will increase a lot of hardship for parents who need to take their baby out for travel. Therefore, even if you are anxious to take your baby to see the world, it is best to wait 4-6 months later. If it goes well, the baby's schedule will be more regular. You can sleep all night at night. At this time, it will be more appropriate for the whole family to go out. You can arrange your daily itinerary according to the baby's work and rest time, and will not be rushed by emergencies.
For most parents, there are two main issues to consider when taking a baby on an airplane: the discomfort caused by changes in air pressure, and how to make the baby spend a few hours of flying time happily without disturbing the people.
Take-off, landing, including changes in altitude during flight, will cause changes in the air pressure in the cabin, and our ears sense such changes in air pressure, which can bring uncomfortable and even painful sensations, and may make babies uncomfortable and cry. The way to solve the discomfort caused by changes in air pressure is to swallow. For example, chewing gum and swallowing saliva can alleviate this problem. For babies, you can encourage them to drink breast milk, a bottle, or use a pacifier during takeoff and landing. These will have a certain effect.
For people with colds, the discomfort caused by changes in air pressure will be more serious, so you should try to avoid taking babies with colds on airplanes. If you have to do this, it is best to go to the hospital to consult a doctor. For older children, you can consider using nasal drops or corresponding medications before taking off.
Sleeping your baby is the best way to get through the flight. For a baby who has a regular schedule, it is best to choose a flight during his sleep time period, such as choosing to fly in the evening or afternoon nap time, which will make your journey a lot more comfortable. In addition, bringing more toys, picture books, and storing more games and animations on the iPad are also very effective flight preparations.
Finally, for families with newborn babies, apart from worrying about the health of the baby by plane, the mother’s health needs to be considered. The new mother who has just given birth also needs some rest time. It may be possible to sit on the plane in the same posture for a long time. It will increase the risk of getting blood clots in the legs such as postpartum, so if you have to take an airplane, get up and move around frequently.