Boarding A Plane?
Hello, my child is 3 months 1 week old. In 2 days we have a long trip plan and take a flight with a duration of 1 hour and 10 minutes. Is it safe, a baby that age gets on a plane? And do you have to have a flight permit from a doctor? Thanks
Hello, Herlia Melda Panggalo, thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.
Travel by air is generally safe for babies, but there are a few things to be aware of before a flight takes place:
1. Age that is too young (neonates / age 0-28 days) is still very susceptible to infection, while air circulation in aircraft allows the spread of germs from other passengers.
2. Baby's ears still need adaptation, especially when changes in cabin pressure during flight can cause sudden pressure changes in the middle ear, which can cause ear pain. For this reason, during take-off and landing or during a trip, the baby should suck up something (such as breast milk) to help balance the pressure in the baby's ear. If the baby has or has a history of ear problems (eg middle ear infection / otitis media) in the last 2 weeks, you should consult a doctor. Give the baby headphones / earplugs to reduce noise during flight.
3. If the baby has conditions such as: premature baby, heart / lung problems, is having a respiratory infection, you should first check with a doctor to make sure oxygen and air pressure during the flight are still safe for the baby.
4. Give the baby a safe seat, such as an infant car seat (baby seat in a car).
Consult your doctor if your child has conditions like the above. Meanwhile, the regulations for each airline may vary regarding the conditions for flights for infants. Ask the airline you use about this.
That's all, hopefully it's useful.
Greetings, dr. Sarah Rizqia.