Is flying with a baby safe?
By Jonathan Vickery
The brief answer to this is yes, assuming your doctor has not identified any medical problems or issues affecting your baby.
The NHS advises that, in general, it is best to wait until the baby is over two weeks old. However, babies aged between two and seven days old can be given permission to fly with a letter from your GP. If you have given birth within 48 hours of flying, you and your baby will not be allowed to travel aboard the aircraft.
If you have given birth within 48 hours of flying, you and your baby will not be allowed to travel aboard the aircraft.
Dr Laurence Gerlis of samedaydoctor.com and health expert for the HolidayExtras.com expert panel, says: "There is no danger to babies with flying. However, anyone who has flown with a child on board will know that as the plane descends the air pressure in the ears can cause a lot of screaming. Make sure you have a drink on board for this, as swallowing will help equalise the pressures in the ear."
We recommend booking a separate seat for your baby on the flight. While you are permitted to have a baby on your lap, it will be more comfortable and safer for both of you if you have separate seats. Most airlines will charge you more for a second seat, but some airlines have an alternate pricing scheme for babies (often between 50-70% of the full fare), so it's worth checking with them before booking in case there are any discounts available.
If your baby is to have their own seat, you should ensure they are fastened securely throughout the flight, particularly during take-off and landing and during any periods of turbulence.
If your baby is to have their own seat, you should ensure they are fastened securely throughout the flight, particularly during take-off and landing and during any periods of turbulence. Alternatively, you may choose to pre-book a sky cot or bassinet, which are available on most flights. If, instead, your baby is in a car seat, you will need to make sure the seat is secure and safe using the aircraft's seatbelt. If you choose to hold your baby, you must ensure you hold them tightly during take-off and landing and during turbulence.
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