Is it safe for an infant to travel?

While holiday deals can be very attractive, is it safe for an infant to travel? Yes, if she doesn't have any health problem or isn't born premature, says Dr Goh Siok Ying of SBCC Baby & Child Clinic.

By around two to three months, most babies will have received the first dose of a series of vaccines, off erring some protection from common infections. "However, don't let your guard down, as they're still vulnerable to infections at this age, since colds and flu are easily transmitted in a closed plane cabin. If the passenger next to you appears unwell, request for a change of seat, if possible," advises the paediatrician.

How about cosmic ionizing radiation during flights? The risk is negligible for infrequent fliers, she adds. What you should be concerned with are the country's hygiene standard and how you can guard against common infections there. The usual travel vaccine is the fl u shot, and that's only safe for babies from six months old, says Dr Goh.

Depending on the country you're visiting, you may even have to use bottled water to prepare formula milk. Have a chat with your doctor prior to planning for a vacation. And pack these essentials into your luggage.

Baby's travel first-aid kit

= Thermometer
= Sunscreen (this applies even if you're going to a cold country, since there's still sun exposure)
= Medication for fever, cough, running nose, vomiting and diarrhoea (make sure your child has taken these medications before, as you do not want to risk an allergic reaction during the trip)
= Syringe or cup for administering medication
= Insect repellent
= Ointment for insect bites
= Bandages and plasters
= Sterile gauze
= Disinfecting wipes for cleaning up cuts and scrapes
= Baby's health booklet 

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