17.07.2021 – 08:37
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Patients: Is air travel safe for children?
Doctor: Air travel (by plane) is suitable for any baby. Before each trip with the child you should keep in mind:
The age of your baby. Your baby’s doctor may stop you from making some unnecessary trips right after birth. Babies are still developing their immune systems, and traveling by air can increase their risk of developing an infectious disease. If you choose to travel with a baby wash your hands as often as possible or use antibacterial and avoid contact with passengers who look ill.
Listening to your baby. Changing the pressure in the cockpit during the flight can cause a change in the middle ear temporarily, thus causing pain. To help balance the pressure in the baby’s ears, give breastfeeding, pacifier or give the subscriber before taking off and landing the plane. This can help you test your baby’s feeding time so that he or she is hungry during this time. If your child has had ear surgery or an ear infection in the last two weeks, ask his or her doctor if it is okay to fly.
The noise levels in the cockpit are very high, especially during takeoff. Consider using cotton swabs, noise-canceling headphones or earplugs to limit noise exposure as much as possible so your baby can sleep better.
Your baby’s breathing. During flight the air pressure in the cockpit is lower than on the ground. This temporary change is not a problem for healthy children. But if your baby was born prematurely, has chronic heart or lung problems or has symptoms of lower or upper respiratory tract infection. It is best to consult your child’s doctor in these cases.
Secure your baby seat. Many of the child car seats are also certified for air travel. However, the lines allow children to travel in the caregiver’s lap during the flight, the Federal Aviation Administration recommends that infants should travel safely. If you choose not to buy a ticket for your baby, look for a free seat on the plane if you can use it for your baby.
Do not be tempted to give your baby over-the-counter medications to help him fall asleep during the flight. This is not recommended and sometimes has the opposite effect.
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