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Flying With A Newborn
Depends on situation: During a stint in the military, I routeinly discharged newborns that traveled to the airport for a flight back to the us for their first month or two before returning to japan. They traveled better than most toddlers or older kids. Considerations such as infectious exposure in transit, risk at the destination ; availability of health care factor in. Live life but plan ahead to protect baby. ...Read more
Clarification on last q: planning baby, big wedding in july, baby will be born but only 3-4 weeks, issues to fly/travel w/newborn east to west coast?
My newborn son has a dilated aorta. He is 2 months, he is growing his aorta isn't. He is on two beta blockers. Is it ok to fly in a few months?
Hard to say: Any advice on travel would best be provided by his treating physician. Every heart kid has differing needs and limitations to the point of being unique. Only those who know all the particulars of his case should be consulted. ...Read more
Travel "sucks": If you are flying with an infant, have something for them to suck on during ascent and descent. This can be a breast, bottle, pacifier. But don't give it to them too soon. If you start it while you are taxi-ing, they may be finished before you take off. Wait until you are actually lifting off or descending to start the sucking to help the ear pressure. Beware -jet bathrooms are tiny for changing! ...Read more
Flying with a dry socket does it cause any harm or make it worse, also will it ever heal as it has been 6 days, please advice!!! : (?
Dry socket: Flying with a dry socket should have no effect, either way. Most dry sockets heal even without treatment, unless of course it is or does become infected. This is not something that you can determine on your own. I suggest you see a dentist to confirm that there is no infection or other complication to healing. Why suffer? As dry sockets are easily & quickly remedied with proper treatment. See DDS! ...Read more
Newborns can fly between 2 days to 2 weeks of age. Check with airline for their policy. Here is an article on tips for flying with a newborn:
http://traveltips. Usatoday. Com/air-travel-newborn-1582.html ...Read more
Not sure: I am not sure what you mean by "clogged ear tips". If you have middle ear fluid, then you should not fly because of potentially serious complications, such as bleeding into the ear, sudden deafness, and even a perforation. You need a diagnosis before you fly. ...Read more
What are the consequences of flying with a blocked Eustachian tube if the valsalva technique does not work?
Pain: Having mucous or infection in an ear tube may cause pain during pressure changes of ascending and descending. This could also potentially cause the infection to migrate to the ear drums which could pop. Best to get checked by your doctor to ensure the ear drums are healthy for the flight. Cheers. ...Read more
I am flying with my 3 month old baby next week. Is it safe to give Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to calm him down for the flight?
No: Babies travel better at that age than you do, or when they are older. Get non stop tickets when you can, have a pacifier or bottle with you at all times, and things should go well. ...Read more
We willing be flying with my 16 month old baby for 12hrs need I worry about his ears or any other concerns can I give him calming drops or something.
<2 yr flyer: Hard to get toddlers to swallow to equalize ear pressures on a plane, but otherwise no issues except keeping them occupied and calm. Maybe time departure with their usual bedtime for best results, also feeding them a meal just before takeoff may ease their tensions, although then potty issues arise!! Good luck, 12 hrs on a plane is a lot for a toddler ...Read more
Went on a plane for 3 hours have a VP shunt ever since I've got off it I've felt real dizzy could the plane effect my shunt is it bad flying with one?
Talk to your doc: Barometric changes that occur in the cabin (even though it's "pressurized") of a jet aircraft at altitude can definitely be felt by people such as migraine patients, VP shunt patients, retinal surgery patients with bubble placement, etc. So, it may have only occurred this time on this particular flight but it wouldn't hurt for you to talk to your doctor for more explanations and future directions. ...Read more
Speak with physician: As noted, air trapped outside your lung but inside your chest can expand with increasing altitude. This can potentially be rapidly fatal. Your thoracic surgeon should provide guidance to safe and appropriate activities. ...Read more
YES: I agree with dr. Siegel. Air travel, skydiving, high altitude travel, scuba diving with an unresolved pneumothorax is dangerous. There are different specifics to each patient. It is important you discuss your pneumothorax with your thoracic surgeon and seek guidance and instructions for safe activities. ...Read more
Block euchastin tube from flying with a cold still block after 10 days and been on predisone and z pack and Claritin d but no relief.?
Dizziness. Flying with a plane. More dizzy, headache, pain in ears, blurry vision. This is all the time. If I climb somewhere high it get's worst.
Labyrinth iris: You seem to be having a vestibular problem. I would seek care from a neurologist or ENT ...Read more
Will flying on a plane hurt sacroilliac fracture and tro hip bursitis? Also suffer DVT will this effect flying with fracture what can I do to ease it?
Maybe: First get clearance from your doctor. Ask airline for help getting on plane with wheelchair. Fly first class for more leg room. Take appropriate cushions/pillows for comfort. Take your anticoagulation treatment for the dvt, and wear at least 20-30 mm hg thigh length compression hose. Take your analgesic med prior flying. ...Read more
On day 9 of bad cold, and day 3 of 875 mg of amox. For ear infection after flying with said cold. Today snot turned canary yellow. Normal? Also have a sinus dip over retained babytooth- can that complicate congestion?
Continue antibiotic: Sounds like more than a typical cold - possible sinusitis or other bacterial infection with the ear infection. For now I would continue the antibiotic as prescribed and follow up with your doctor if not better by the 7th day. Make sure to get plenty of fluids and rest. Vitamin C is also helpful. Good luck. ...Read more
See below: They are pediatricians that are undergoing further training. This training will help them to provide care for premature and sick babies. During their training, they will be involved with the care of neonates and help educate pediatric residents. ...Read more
Affects babies <1mo: In cultures where tetanus immunization is not common, babies are born without any tetanus protection they would otherwise gain from their mother. If you add this to inconsistant hygene, unsterile tools used at delivery, or the application of dung (in some cultures) to speed the separation of the umbilical cord stump, these babies may acquire tetanus and die in the first month. ...Read more
Depends on location: Neonatal tetanus is more common in situations where mom was never immunized or incompletely immunized leaving the baby without maternal protection at birth. Add that to the localized practices & problems result. Cutting the cord with a contaminated blade, or the application of dung (practiced in some cultures) to speed cord stump separation & there's a good chance baby will get neonatal tetanus. ...Read more
Depends on the state: Many states have either few or extensive tests on the newborn for treatable or significant conditions. In my state dozens are covered including phenylketonuria, sickle cell, thyroid and too many others to mention. Sometimes we check for anemia, blood sugar or infection, : blood tests for ABO reactions are common if mom is o+ and we commonly test for jaundice without drawing blood using a meter. ...Read more
Varies: Depending on the status of the newborn (normal, premi, undersized, oversized, infant of diabetic, etc) the testing varies. With some, the basic testing includes metabolic screening for a variety of conditions. In my state, about 27 conditions are part of the screening. Other states vary. ...Read more
Its tiring!: Newborns are not hard to take off - they only need a couple things. They need to eat often, sleep often and be cuddled lots. However, those things are very tiring to new parents, which can make it feel like the hardest job you have ever taken on. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed with your new one talk to your doctor. ...Read more
You decide: Newborns get the majority of their feeding in the first 5-10 minutes of the feeding, and the rest of the time after that is just sucking/suckling time for pleasure and comfort. If you have time and nipples are not too sore, it's fie to let them do this a couple of times a day. If your nipples are very sore, or you are pressed for time, the 10 minutes is long enough to get the nutrition they need. ...Read more
No: Newborns are more prone to infection so you wouldn't think of having someone with a "cold" or fever be around the baby in your house where you can control who visits. Therefore, for at least the first few weeks during seasons other than winter (when there's fewer infections around) and for longer during the winter season, no malls, supermarkets, airports & the like. Walks and drives are fine. ...Read more
JITTERINESS;: Newborn are normally jittery for sometime, refluxes are brisk, jark with sound, light, simple movement like taping the bed, etc. This is due to immaturity of nervous system, incomplete myelinization of axons, immaturity of neurotransmitters in brain, etc. Other causes: birth asphyxia (less oxygen), insult/injury to brain, poor feeding with low blood glucose, low calcium, maternal drugs, etc. ...Read more
It depends: Well, yes and no. In the first few months, it's best to avoid large groups of people so as to minimize your baby's exposure to infection. Your newborn's immune system is still immature and he is more susceptible to infection than an older child is. Even a cold in a toddler can cause serious breathing problems in an infant. It's still okay though (and good!) to take your baby for walks outside. ...Read more
Depends: A brand newborn (1-3 days old) may eat only 1/2 ounce at a time, but a rule of thumb is 2.5 ounces per pound, per 24 hours. Divided into 8 -12 feedings. If the baby is breastfeeding it's harder to gauge, so we usually follow urine output instead -- at least 6 - 8 wet diapers / 24 hours. ...Read more
Fever, fussy: A newborn baby may have a fever (temp of 100.4 or higher) as a sign of illness. Irritability, poor feeding, poor sleep, or even lethargy could be a symptom. Severe cough or labored breathing could be due to a respiratory infection. Vomiting or diarrhea may be a sign of a gastrointestinal infection or food allergy. When in doubt, it's best to call your doctor if your baby is not acting him/herself. ...Read more