Since winter can bring severe storms, light dustings, and cold temperatures, it is important to keep our children warm and safe. Winter can be fun for all of us but it does come with its own set of worries. Here are some tips to staying safe during the cold months.
Dress children and babies in several layers for outdoor playtime. This makes it easy to remove layers if they get hot or the day warms up. It’s recommended to dress kids and infants in an extra layer than an adult would wear in the same temperature. Pay close attention to their extremities since heat easily escapes from those body parts; proper headwear, mittens/gloves and boots are essential cold weather accessories for kids.
Don’t forget to keep your kids warm while they’re indoors, too. Add extra layers or heavier bedding to children’s beds in the wintertime. Infants should wear warm sleep clothing at bedtime, but do not keep loose bedding, such as blankets, in their crib since they can be a possible suffocation hazard.
Hypothermia is a dangerous drop in body temperature that happens from overexposure in cold weather. A lack of warm clothing or wearing wet clothing while outdoors can cause hypothermia. It can occur quicker in children than adults. Keep children dry and dressed properly while they are enjoying the outdoors.
Winter nosebleeds are a common thing amongst young children. Try using a cold air humidifier in the child’s room at night. Contrary to popular belief, colds and the flu don’t happen because of cold weather; they are caused by viruses that tend to be more prevalent in the winter months. Teaching your kids to wash their hands frequently and sneeze into their arm (instead of their hands) can keep them from spreading germs.
Good nutrition can help kids fight off cold and flu season. Keep their immune systems strong with a balanced diet. Snack time is a great opportunity to sneak in some extra nutrients like dried or fresh fruits, raw veggies, cheese and crackers, and yogurt.
Setting reasonable time limits on outdoor play will help prevent frostbite or the chances of hypothermia setting in. Children should come inside to warm up regularly and drink a lot of water while they play outside.
Even though the sun isn’t shining doesn’t mean you should skip the sunblock. The sun’s rays can still cause harm during overcast. It can even reflect off snow and cause sunburn.
Take extra precautions when using space heaters, fireplaces and electric blankets to avoid fire hazards. Prepare your house for winter storms by having enough batteries, a first aid kit, canned food, and most importantly, fill extra containers with filtered water.
The winter months can be a lot of fun but we have to make sure we stay safe. By following these steps your family will have a great winter without worrying about the dangers.
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