Keep my baby from getting sick from the airplane
June 13, 2014 10:57 AM Subscribe
We traveled a couple of weeks ago, and my 7 month old got a respiratory virus and got very sick. Sent from pediatrician's office to ER to PICU sick. Based on timing, Occam's Razor says she caught it on the plane. We will be flying again in a few weeks. I would like practical tips for things we can do on the plane to minimize the risk of her getting sick again.
posted by telepanda to Travel & Transportation (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We have discussed the risk-benefit analysis with our doctors, and with their blessing, concluded that going on the trip is the right thing to do. For a variety of reasons, baby will be traveling as a lap infant. These things have been decided and I am now looking to mitigate the risks.
I am aware that she is going to be exposed to viruses wherever she goes, and I believe strongly in challenging little immune systems (we are not, shall we say, over-sanitizers). That said, I have crossed "have child admitted to pediatric intensive care unit" off my bucket list, and I intend to be a little paranoid on this particular trip.
So. We'll bring Lysol wipes or something similar to wipe down hard surfaces with, but what else should we do? Crib sheet on the airplane seat? Would that fit? Do you have a better idea? Ever traveled with an immunocompromised child? Any tips from that? Although I don't want to interfere with or annoy other passengers, for the purposes of this trip, I don't mind looking like a weirdo. I'd like to just put her in a large ziplock bag, but she'd probably run short of oxygen.
Thank you for your practical advice.