What medicines can I take aboard with me?
By Jonathan Vickery
If you need to carry baby medicine above the 100ml limit, you will need to prove that it is for the use intended.
This also applies to any medication that is in gel form. When travelling, it's a good idea to keep prescription medicines in their original bottles, as in an emergency they can be easily identified. It will also be very useful when passing through security to prove the quantity of medication is prescribed for your baby. This is not always the easiest task, as often medicines come in containers of greater than 100ml capacity. Try speaking to your doctor or chemist about splitting the medication into bottles suitable for travelling.
If you need to carry baby medicine above the 100ml limit onto your flight, you will be required to prove that it is for the use intended.
Proving that the medicine you are carrying is for your baby is an essential security requirement. The best solution is to ask your doctor for a note or letter explaining the reason for the medication, ensuring that the name of your baby is printed clearly along with the doctor's contact details. This, in most cases, should be enough proof to get you through.
Most medicines should be fine for travel. However, if your baby is taking anything unusual, or you have any doubts about passing through security with a particular medicine, then you should contact your airline or airport before travel. You must also contact your airport or airline before travel if you have liquid medicines that are in containers larger than 100ml.
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Children under six months must sit on the adult's lap for the duration of the flight. Children from six months of age up to two years can either sit on your lap or book an additional seat. Again, babies must use a forward facing car seat.