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Doctor insights on: What Should I Do To Protect My Baby When Flying

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Could an infant fly if he or she has hydrocephalus ?

Could an infant fly if he or she has hydrocephalus ?

Hydrocephalus: There are no contraindications for an infant flying with hydrocephalus as long as the child is medically stable. ...Read more

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Whats the best way to offer an infant protection from the sun?

Whats the best way to offer an infant protection from the sun?

Umbrella, shade, hat: The best way to protect a baby from the sun is to provide shade, such as clothing, hats, umbrellas, stroller shades, tarps, tents, etc... A baby can sunburn easily, sometimes even through window glass. Using sunscreen can also help. ...Read more

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Can you fly if infant has a cold?

Can you fly if infant has a cold?

Yes: They can be a bit more fussy than usual, but i don't think this is significant for most. ...Read more

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Can babies have xrays after they are born without damage? Why are they so protective ofthe fetus?

Can babies have xrays after they are born without damage? Why are they so protective ofthe fetus?

Not just the fetus: The amount of radiation in simple xrays is small & unlikely to cause any issue, yet we are very sensitive to the complex changes in fetal development.The first 4-12 wks of fetal development marks the most vulnerable period to injury & after that point we worry less. Xray exposure also adds up over time & the eggs nearby in your ovaries don't need any we can avoid. After birth, babies ready for life. ...Read more

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Is it ok to fly with a 7 week old infant from philadelphia to orlando florida?

Is it ok to fly with a 7 week old infant from philadelphia to orlando florida?

Yes, but: My experience finds most travel well at that age ; sleep for most of the flights. However, the first 2 months is a worrisome period for infection where any fever could reflect germs acquired at birth. If you go it is important to avoid germ exposures. ...Read more

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Do airlines allow an 11 day old infant to fly?

Do airlines allow an 11 day old infant to fly?

Call the airline: A private company can set up any restriction it wants (within reason). During my Navy years at an overseas duty station I routinely discharged mom/baby to a van that took them to an airport to fly back to the states. There was no problem at that point getting tickets or with the baby, but I would call ahead or search for info online from the airline. ...Read more

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How far back can adderall stay in my unborn babies system, and will child protective services be called if its found? I am due in January

How far back can adderall stay in my unborn babies system, and will child protective services be called if its found? I am due in January

Quite a while: If you show up on the CFS watch list we test and do so on the first poop.This material starts to form after 12 wks and can retain at least trace amounts of drugs for months.If these were used as a prescription under a docs care, iit in not a problem. If it shows up and was used illegally you have a problem. ...Read more

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What about babies that don't have protection b/c they haven't gotten both flu shots due to age? If a baby gets the flu do they typically get better?

What about babies that don't have protection b/c they haven't gotten both flu shots due to age?  If a baby gets the flu do they typically get better?

Most do: Flu can hit an any age and the outcome varies.We recommend that pregnant women get the flu injected vaccine during pregnancy so the antibodies she makes will be shared and protect baby in its early months. Those that come in close contact with a new baby should also get a flu shot,so they don't bring it to baby.Early recognition and care can lead to good outcomes if a baby gets flu. ...Read more

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Do babies getting phototherapy use protective eye wear?

Do babies getting phototherapy use protective eye wear?

Yes: It is standard protocol to fully occlude both eyes during phototherapy. ...Read more

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Other than infant sunscreen & lotion, shade hats, & cool clothing, what can I bring to protect from sun burn?

Other than infant sunscreen & lotion, shade hats, & cool clothing, what can I bring to protect from sun burn?

Sunburn prevention: Don't forget sunglasses, and to avoid exposure between 10AM-4PM. Umbrellas help, too. Remember the shade moves with the sun, especially if a child is in a shaded stroller. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sunburn/basics/prevention/con-20031065 ...Read more