Can Newborns Be Taken Out Of Town?
, I am ayudea. I want to ask if it is permissible for a newborn to be taken out of town, which is approximately 2 hours away by car.? Because my parents want to take my child directly to their house after I give birth. Thank you
Hello Ayudea Ruth Bramia Ardini
Thank you for your question
Actually there is no medical provision when babies can be taken to travel long distances using a car. So it's actually quite safe to take your baby traveling by car, but by paying attention to a few things:
As much as possible make sure your baby is in a cool room temperature, not too cold and not too hot. This is because babies are easily affected by changes in temperature, so babies are more prone to cold because the air temperature is too cold or the baby's body temperature increases (fever) if exposed to excessive air temperature. We recommend that you avoid your baby from a position close to the car window with the car window open, because it will cause your baby to be exposed to excessive wind and can affect your baby's body temperature.
Make sure you put your baby in a safe and stable place that can prevent the baby from shaking excessively during driving. Using a special safe baby place, will certainly make your baby more comfortable when driving. Because shocks while driving can affect the baby's sleep (the baby becomes startled and wakes up), so that your baby's sleep is not sound enough, which can cause your baby to be fussy while driving.
Make sure you bring all the equipment and all your baby's needs during the trip, including basic medicines (eg fever reducers).
Give breast milk according to your baby's needs, if it's not comfortable to give breast milk while driving, then give your baby breast milk when the car is still (it's best to stop the vehicle when you are going to breastfeed your baby).
Actually, driving a car with a baby when the baby is still early is not a problem, as long as the baby's safety can be met. If you are worried, then you should postpone long trips with your baby until the baby is older. Make sure your baby is in good health when it will be taken for long distance driving by car.
You can also consult directly with a pediatrician regarding the problem of driving with your baby.
Hope this answer helps you.
dr. Aldy Valentino