TRAVELING WITH BABY
The first thing you should know about traveling with a baby is that some people do get sick when flying in an airplane. It is like sea sickness, not everyone gets it. In fact only a small percentage of people suffer from altitude sickness, which affects the head and sinuses.
After effects of air-travel for some people include, headaches, ear-aches and flu-like symptoms.
Headaches associated with air travel appear to be a “huge and painful problem”, Israeli researchers report.
In a study of 906 men and women who had traveled more than once by plane, nearly 6 percent reported that they experienced headaches associated with flying.
Based on 3.3 billion seats available each year on commercial flights, with 70 percent occupancy, Dr. Israel Potasman and colleagues from Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa estimate that more than 100 million people suffer from flight-associated headaches annually.
Among the flight-associated headache sufferers, 19.2 percent said they had headaches every time they flew. Nearly a quarter said their headaches got worse as the plane climbed, while a fifth said the pain became worse as the plane descended to the Dead Sea, which is about 400 meters below sea level, suggesting that barometric pressure may be a factor.
If you’d like a bassinet not available on all airlines be sure to request one when you make a reservation. You’ll need a bulkhead seat for a bassinet, but be warned, the seat trays in the bulkhead usually fold out of your chair arm and are impossible to use with a child on your lap. Bulkhead seats may not have their own overhead bins, and there’s no storage space in front of you – a major inconvenience.
It can also get rather chilly on an airplane. It is advisable to bring warm clothing/blankets for baby.
More informaton about traveling with kids can be found here: TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN