Airborne enjoyed a surge of popularity several years back as people looked at it as the answer to getting sick when they have no choice but to share common areas with others. Since then a lot of controversy has arisen over whether or not Airborne actually works, or is just a concoction of vitamins that doesn’t really do much.
Most of the research has concluded that taking Airborne will not prevent you from getting sick, and perhaps the positive reviews of it were due to the placebo effect. Also, it is not a good idea to give your baby such high concentrations of vitamins all at once. While it’s true that their immune system is still developing, leaving them prone to more diseases and bacteria than a fully grown adult, this is not the way to help them.
They still sell Airborne, even though most people know it hasn’t been proven to work, and can even cause things like kidney stones if taken according to the directions. You want to avoid taking extreme measures with your baby, even when you have good intentions. They don’t need a lot of any one thing, and there is no baby version of Airborne. Giving them a dose of the adult formulated tablet would definitely be something you want to avoid.
Can I Give My Baby Airborne? No.
Airborne is not recommended for babies, even if they will be flying. Airborne has basically been debunked and it is a common misconception that the air on airplanes is dirtier than ordinary air. They use HEPA filtration in airplanes that filters out the air, and cleans it. It’s not simply recycled air the way some people think it is. In fact, the errors turned over more times than it is in a hospital.
So if your baby will be traveling, you can do other things to help prevent them from getting sick. The biggest risk is dehydration, because the air in an airplane is very dry. Make sure to bring extra water for them, and keep them hydrated while airborne. It’s best to buy your own bottled water after clearing customs and security, because service on flights has gotten less and less comprehensive making it harder to get water whatever you want it, especially on low-budget airlines.
By bringing your own water on board you can control how often your baby takes a drink. Be sure to keep hydrated yourself, as dehydration can affect adults just as easily as children. If you are taking a long haul flight with your baby, be sure to bring plenty of water, and plenty of diapers.
Checking with Your Doctor
Be sure to check with your doctor before taking your child on an airplane for the first time. They’ll know your baby’s medical history from day one, and a be able to suggest whether they think it’s time for them to be able to handle a flight. Some people bring their babies on flights before they’re ready, and the baby ends up screaming uncontrollably for much of the flight. You don’t want to be “that couple” that brings their baby on a flight and can’t soothe them.
Popping Your Baby’s Ears
A pressurized cabin many people will experience their ears popping, and it’s common for people to chew gum or suck on a breath mint in order to facilitate the ear popping process. For your baby, they just need to engage their sucking reflex, which is easy enough either through the use of a pacifier, by sucking on a bottle, or by breast-feeding. This is one way to prevent them from fussing, crying, or whining.
It can be hard to take your baby on a flight for the first time, and it’s good that you’re researching ways to help them through it. However, Airborne is not something that you want to give to them in any amount. It’s not recommended for adults, and is definitely not recommended for babies. Basically, it amounts to nothing more than a clever marketing strategy that resulted in a strong buzz for the product. Just keep giving your baby delicious, healthy foods, plenty of water, breastmilk if you’re still breast-feeding, and they should be fine.