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When is it safe to travel abroad with my baby?

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In brief: Depends

We live in a globalized world and sometimes travel is a necessity.
The youngerr the infant the more immature the immune system and their ability to fight infections. If you need to travel try to do so on a day that is not as busy, and check the CDC website for any disease outbreaks and additional immunizations that might be needed for your baby.

In brief: Depends

We live in a globalized world and sometimes travel is a necessity.
The youngerr the infant the more immature the immune system and their ability to fight infections. If you need to travel try to do so on a day that is not as busy, and check the CDC website for any disease outbreaks and additional immunizations that might be needed for your baby.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Ideally one would wait at least until after the first set of vaccinations at two months.
After that, some places are more "medically dangerous" than others. Check out the CDC "vaccinations and travelers' health" page (and of course the U.S. Dept of state travel warnings). Many countries require yellow fever vaccination after one year of age, and malaria prophylaxis is a big consideration.

In brief: Depends

Ideally one would wait at least until after the first set of vaccinations at two months.
After that, some places are more "medically dangerous" than others. Check out the CDC "vaccinations and travelers' health" page (and of course the U.S. Dept of state travel warnings). Many countries require yellow fever vaccination after one year of age, and malaria prophylaxis is a big consideration.
Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Dr. Thad Woodard
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Generally at any age

Depends somewhat on where you are traveling but in general safe to travel at any age if healthy.
However if less than a year the risk of several immunizable diseases like whooping cough, meningitis, polio, measles needs to be considered as it may take close to a year to be fully protected from these risks.

In brief: Generally at any age

Depends somewhat on where you are traveling but in general safe to travel at any age if healthy.
However if less than a year the risk of several immunizable diseases like whooping cough, meningitis, polio, measles needs to be considered as it may take close to a year to be fully protected from these risks.
Dr. Thad Woodard
Dr. Thad Woodard
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Age 6 months

If a young baby absolutely must travel, the parents can talk to the doctor to see if the baby has any special needs.
Babies 0-3 months old have weaker immune systems, so should stay home away from crowds. Those 3-6 months old have gotten some of their shots, and so have some protection. Babies over 6 months are somewhat more "sturdy" and can better handle colds, coughs, vomiting, or diarrhea.

In brief: Age 6 months

If a young baby absolutely must travel, the parents can talk to the doctor to see if the baby has any special needs.
Babies 0-3 months old have weaker immune systems, so should stay home away from crowds. Those 3-6 months old have gotten some of their shots, and so have some protection. Babies over 6 months are somewhat more "sturdy" and can better handle colds, coughs, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends

Travel is difficult with young babies.
Try to avoid travel in the first 2 months. If you are traveling to a country where there are high rates of disease, avoid going for at least the first 6-9 months if possible.

In brief: Depends

Travel is difficult with young babies.
Try to avoid travel in the first 2 months. If you are traveling to a country where there are high rates of disease, avoid going for at least the first 6-9 months if possible.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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In brief: 6 months and after..

...Completing all the recommended immunizations.
Also check the CDC travel advisories for the area where you are going to see if any unusual hazards exist there.

In brief: 6 months and after..

...Completing all the recommended immunizations.
Also check the CDC travel advisories for the area where you are going to see if any unusual hazards exist there.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine

In brief: No minimum age

Many parents want to know when they can travel with their babies to visit other countries.
The destination will significantly impact the preparation that needs to be undertaken. One factor to consider is the baby's immature immune system. The first 8 weeks of life the infant is especially vulnerable to infection. Consult your travel medicine doc and pediatrician for more detailed information.

In brief: No minimum age

Many parents want to know when they can travel with their babies to visit other countries.
The destination will significantly impact the preparation that needs to be undertaken. One factor to consider is the baby's immature immune system. The first 8 weeks of life the infant is especially vulnerable to infection. Consult your travel medicine doc and pediatrician for more detailed information.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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In brief: Get packing

If you are planning on taking a long flight overseas i would wait until you baby is a minimum of 6 weeks old (2 months is a good age to travel).
Your baby is a little more mature and their immune systems are a bit stronger. She also should have received at least her first round of vaccinations.

In brief: Get packing

If you are planning on taking a long flight overseas i would wait until you baby is a minimum of 6 weeks old (2 months is a good age to travel).
Your baby is a little more mature and their immune systems are a bit stronger. She also should have received at least her first round of vaccinations.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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