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What Do I Need To Have With Me When Traveling With A Newborn
Keep it light: Be sure to have multiple changes of clothing, diapers, and wipes., as well as baggies to put the soiled items. A lightweight diaper bag with compartments will help you stay organized. If you are flying, infant formula and breast milk is exempt from the "3oz" rule so you can carry on as much as you need. Don't forget infant tylenol (acetaminophen) and teething gel for emergencies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Inftants may travel by train. Traveling with such a young infant is difficult for both parents and baby. Be sure to plan plenty of rest. As with any child that young, keep away from the general public and the germs they can spread. If your baby gets a fever or appears ill see a doctor right away. Don't forget to bring extra diapers, outfits etc in case of a delay in transit. ...Read more
Yes: The baby will travel quite well at this age. The obvious issues involve more than just travel. It is important to limit babies contact with sources of infection/flu/colds & the like. Traveling with the baby on the inside, telling the curious that babies trying to nap, etc. Can help limit chance of illness. Try to maintain a feed/sleep pattern similar to the one you have at home. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If necessary: Yes there is no absolute reason a baby at that age can not fly. I would recommend if you have a choice that you wait till about 2 months because the risk of exposure to infection is higher on an airplane iand the immune system of the baby less than 2 months is weaker. If you fly enforce strict hand washing for anyone who wants to touch the baby. Safe travels. ...Read more
Traveling : It should be fine. It would be a good idea to stop by the health department or the pediatrician a office to have a car seat check to insure you have a proper fit. Remember to drive safe. Plan regular stops for feeding and diaper changes. The hum of the car riding is very relaxful for most infants. ...Read more
Approved car seat: Safe travel with your infant in a car begins with a properly installed, rear-facing approved car seat. For longer rides you will need to plan for frequent stops to feed, move about, etc. You may want to shield your baby from direct sun light and bundle up if it is cold outside. Mirrors which attach to rear windows by suction make it easy for you to check on your baby using the rear view mirror. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 & theres a good chance baby will get neonatal tetanus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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