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Newborn - Flying and Mountain Travel

Definition

  • Questions about flying or mountain travel with a newborn baby

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  • Your baby starts looking or acting sick
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About This Topic

Overview

  • If your newborn was born premature or isn't healthy, you should always get medical clearance from your child's doctor before flying or traveling to altitude.
  • Here is some general advice about travel for healthy newborns.

After Care Advice

Flying With Newborns:
  • Never fly during the first 7 days of life. If flying is needed, it's safe to fly after 7 days of age.
  • If your newborn is not healthy, do not fly. Your child's doctor should give the okay first before flying.
  • Your baby can be exposed to germs aboard aircraft. So, it is best not to fly before 2 or 3 months of age.
Mountain Travel With Newborns:
  • Avoid mountain travel above 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) for the first month of life. (Except when the family lives there year-round)
  • Travel to places below 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) is safe.
  • Brief drives over higher mountain passes are safe.
  • If your newborn is not healthy, don't travel above 8,000 feet (2,438 meters). Your child's doctor should give the okay first.

Author: Barton Schmitt MD, FAAP
Copyright 2000-2020 Schmitt Pediatric Guidelines LLC
Disclaimer: This health information is for educational purposes only. You the reader assume full responsibility for how you choose to use it.
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