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My sis would like to take her 2 week old ds on a 2 hour plane trip. Have any of you lovely ladies flown with a babe that young? What do you think of it? I think it would be okay but I'm biased as its me she will be coming to visit!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br>
Do you have any links or experience?<br>
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Personally, I wouldn't. I, too, would be afraid of illness. All kinds. A baby that young just shouldn't be in a situation where s/he is in tight quarters with lots of people for that long, IMHO. A trip to the mall is fine because everyone is spread out, but there's no personal space on a plane. Plus, the air is recirculated. I probably wouldn't even take a 2 week old to an airport. There are so many international travelers, and you just don't know what kind of germs there are.<br><br>
That's just me, though. I wouldn't think poorly of someone who made the opposite decision.
 

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My friend's father in law died a week after her first child was born, and the doctor told them that they should NOT fly until the baby was at least a few months old.<br><br>
like was mentioned above, the air quality is so poor on an airplane--but also the ear drum of a newborn are very sensitive and can burst upon take off and landing.<br><br>
Tell her to ask her pediatrician about it.
 

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I would not fly with a 2 week old either. My boys flew plenty of times when they were infants but I think the earliest was at 5 months old. The baby would be trapped in a small space with no fresh air for hours sharing space with people that could have any kind of illness. I don't even take my little ones to church until they are at least 6 weeks old.<br>
Is there any way you could go visit her?<br><br>
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I definitely wouldn't, not with my kid. Planes are so germy: the air, the seats, the blankets and pillows don't typically get washed between flights -- guh.<br><br>
I'm not a germophobe by any means, but the sheer quantity of people using planes each day just is too wide an array of germs for an infant to deal with, imo.
 

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It takes at least 6 weeks of breast feeding for your baby to build up a strong enough immune system to cope with all the germs and stuff that we are exposed to in a confined, recirculating area, like a plane and/or airport/mall, etc... I have to fly home, I had my baby in Canada and will be returning to the states as soon as we have our paperwork processed, but will be waiting till my baby is at least 8 weeks old. Micah is only 2 weeks old right now.
 

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I took my dd on a plane when she was 5 weeks. Ped. said it was fine as long as the baby didn't have a cold cuz then their ears could hurt.
 

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Thanks ladies!<br>
She's decided to come in 2 weeks, (he'll be 4 weeks by then). She has spoken to her doula's and dr at great length and feels comfortable coming then.<br>
There was no way I could go see her as we have 6 kids and no one to watch them while dh is at work. And all of our family is here (her work moved her to another city).<br>
Thanks again for your replies!
 
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