Sedating your baby for flight
If your baby is younger than 7 days old and must travel by air, talk to your doctor first.
If your child has a health condition, check with your doctor before travelling.
(This gives many adults a bloated feeling.) For infants, sucking adds more and unnecessary air and food to the stomach, and may cause fussiness.
Infants need no more feedings in flight than at home.
The flight attendant repeatedly offered to give the girl the juice, and the mother finally consented.
West Jet, Porter and Air Canada allow portable oxygen concentrators on domestic flights and international fights. For specifics rules and requirements, contact your airline before you fly.
If your doctor says that your child is stable enough to fly with supplemental oxygen, you will have to make arrangements with the airline at least 24 hours before your flight.
Little is known about the correct dosage and when to repeat it. Some observers believe that “criers” are the ones more likely to become agitated from antihistamines.
And the concept of “trying out” medications at home in the days before the flight to see an infant’s reaction – as suggested in advice columns and books – is more dosing for dubious reasons.
It is not clear if the infant drank any of the juice; she did not appear to suffer any ill effects.