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Is it safe to travel with a newborn?

Nicole H. Gorton, MD
Pediatrics
Before you start considering the logistics of traveling from point A to point B with your infant, it’s best to wait until your child is around three months to travel safely. This is especially true if traveling by airplane. Infants' immune systems are precarious at first and you don’t want to risk exposing them to an illness en route.
 
It is generally considered safe to travel with a newborn once the infant is 48 hours old. However, you might take into consideration that the baby will not receive the first set of immunizations until approximately two months of age, except for the first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine received in the hospital. This may put the baby at increased risk of contracting infectious diseases while traveling. Additionally, if traveling by plane, due to changes in air pressure it is a good idea to have a bottle or pacifier on hand to help alleviate ear discomfort. Consult with your baby's doctor prior to travel, especially if the baby has any heart or lung problems. In terms of air travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that a newborn and infants who are up to one year of age and weigh 20 pounds travel in a rear-facing car seat certified for air travel.

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