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Traveling with a premature baby

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my wife has delivered a premature baby of 7 and half months the baby is in nicu how long do you think the baby should stay in incubator the baby was born on 3 october 2009. The baby weight is 1860g and according to the doctors the baby has anemia. According to the doctors the baby can leave the nicu after two weeks do you also think its safe to travel with the baby once she is discharged from china to east africa .
I am despereately waiting to hear your advice . God bless you


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replied November 3rd, 2009
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You want to know whether you can travel with a small premature baby. Premature babies usually suffer from anemia due to the fact that their hematopoietic system is not mature yet. Due to the lack of oxygen that their body sends to their tissues, babies are put in an incubator and given extra oxygen. The hyperoxygenation may provoke the body to produce more blood vessels in their eyes that can damage their ability to see.


Given the data that you described, your baby has anemia and has been treated in icu. You may consider seeing a pediatric ophthalmologist to diagnose and treat the possible blindness of your baby. Also you may refrain from flying with both of the child and your wife, due to the lower concentration of oxygen in the plane can worsen the baby’s anemia and can cause ischemia in its body, as well as the change of the atmospheric pressure can cause bleeding to your wife. You could stay where you are not shorter than 40 days and then you may consider traveling.


I am not able to diagnose or give you advice online. Please contact your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider such as a pediatrician and ophthalmologist for further diagnosis and medical treatment.



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