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Abhishek Singh Jun 19 2013

Is it okay to travel to Leh with a new born kid?

Dheeraj Sharma Jun 20 2013
6 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

Abhishek, well if he/she is new born then WILL NEVER suggest that to you. Technically it  requires 3 months so that all body parts are completely grown and functional, so traveling with infants before that is always dangerous and risky affair even normally FORGET about high altitude. You do not know, how a body part that is not completely developed may react. 

So BIG NO from my side

You can read the complete article at my blog too: Traveling to Ladakh with Kids or Babies

Having said that, I have written and researched almost three years for Ladakh and been there too, still I am afraid to take my almost 2 year old toddler to that high altitude. The problem is not the age at high altitude because AMS does not depend upon age rather can hit anyone of any age. However, with toddlers who cannot communicate their uneasiness, it is a big risk. Because if someone is hit with AMS then it is always not recommended to ascend and wait. If symptoms decrease then ascend else immediately descend!!

do you have any idea if it is ok to travel with a 1 year old kid to sikkim?
Vaishali Singh Jun 20 2013
4 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

It might not be the best idea to travel with a new born child to Leh, as the high altitudes can severely hamper breathing for young ones. According to paediatricians, kids above 3 months of age, without any breathing problem history can travel to high altitudes, but at the same time, I'd like to draw your attention to the breathing problems faced by even 5 year olds in Leh. If you'd like a doctor's opinion, here is the read: http://www.babycenter.com/404_is-it-safe-to-travel-at-high-altitudes-with-a-young-child_2295.bc

Hope this helps!

Abhishek Jain Dec 11 2013
3 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes
Though I have seen people with their toddlers at high altitude as high as 18000 ft but on the other hand have seen some having oxygen at that level so will never suggest to visit Leh with infants.
Shashank Aggarwal Jun 20 2013
2 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

I am not an expert, however I did read somewhere that kids are least prone to high altitude problems. Only thing they need protection against is cold. Baaki you need to research more.

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