Myth: Babies are too fragile to travel during the first six months.
Truth: Babies can handle a long car ride, train trip or flight just fine. Adoptive parents bring home newborns from as far away as Asia with no problem, so don't feel you must wait until little Ruthie is a big girl before she visits her grandma out west.
As far as a vacation trip, feel free to include your baby, preferably after the first two months, when babies are susceptible to more serious infections.
Of course, travel with a baby imposes its own little hardships and special considerations. To make your travel experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, keep the following travel tips in mind:
Here are some tips for making that airplane trip easier.
She would then need another measles vaccine at the usual time. There are some countries for which special immunizations are recommended and for which preventative medication is required. For example, a hepatitis A vaccine is recommended before traveling to certain underdeveloped countries. Other countries suggest malaria prophylaxis, others a typhoid vaccine. Such recommendations change depending upon what outbreaks are occurring at a particular time. How is one to know what is needed? The best policy is to get in touch with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), either through their web site's travel page (www.cdc.gov/travel) or by phone (888-232-3228), a few months before you travel, and then again within one month of travel.
Have a great (and safe) trip!
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