With crisp air and cozy days by the fire, winter can be a wonderful time of year. But with those chilly temperatures come safety concerns. Here’s how to keep your kids happy and healthy during the colder months.
Bundle Them Up Right
Think layers—several thin ones will keep them warm and dry, plus it’s easier to quickly adjust if the temperature changes. Start with an inner layer that holds heat and not moisture. Then top with an insulating layer like wool or fleece and an outer layer that’s resistant to water and wind. When dressing older babies and young children, put on one extra layer of clothing than an adult would be comfortable in.
Know When It’s Too Cold
If you see a child shivering and acting clumsy, call 9-1-1 as it may be a sign of hypothermia. They may also slur their speech and become lethargic. While you’re waiting for help to arrive, take the child inside, wrap them in blankets, and swap any cold or wet clothes with warm and dry ones. You should also be aware of the signs of frostbite on fingers, toes, and noses. The first indicator is redness and tingling. If it does occur, bring children inside immediately and place the frostbitten parts of the body in warm (not hot) water. Do not rub the area and contact your doctor right away.
Remember the Sun
Sunscreen is probably top of your mind in the summer, but it’s still necessary in the winter. The sun’s rays reflecting off the snow can cause sunburn. When spending time outside, lather sunscreen on exposed parts of the body such as the face and hands.