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Neonates and fitness to fly

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  • infants - there is a risk of barotitis media during descent. The risk of barotitis media can be reduced by the infant sucking a dummy or breastfeeding. Also the use of nasal decongestants 30 minutes before descent may also be of benefit.
  • infectious diseases - an airline cannot carry a passenger with an infectious disease. A patient who is recovering from an infectious disease must be beyond the infectious stage.
  • neonates - in general, it is safe to travel from 2 to 3 days old if there are no neonatal medical problems.

Note that these are only guidelines and each airline has its own regulations and medical standards.


  1. 'Medical guidelines for air travel', Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, October 1996, 67, 10, 11.
  2. Doctor (April 2005). Ready Reckoner - fitness to fly.

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