When temperatures drop, children need extra observation to stay warm, safe and healthy. Children are less likely to recognize when they are cold and more probable to lose temperature quickly because of their smaller size. Here are some tips to protect children when the thermometer dips:
Put several layers of clothing on your child and make sure their head, neck and hands are covered. Dress babies and kids in extra layers.
Scarves and hood strings can strangle smaller children so use other clothing to keep them warm.
Tell children to go inside if they get wet or if they’re cold. Then keep watching them and checking in on them. They may prefer to continue playing outside despite the fact that they are wet or cold.
Children and adults can still get sunburn in the winter. Sun can reflect off the snow, so apply sunscreen.
More household fires happen during the winter so make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on your property.
Children should always wear helmets when snowboarding, skiing, sledding or playing ice hockey. Any sports equipment should be professionally fitted.
It takes a while to master fun winter activities like sledding, so ensure that children know the best ways to do the activity safely.
If your child struggles with minor winter nosebleeds, use a cold air humidifier in their room. Saline nose drops can help keep their nose moist.
In drier winter air kids lose more water through their breath. Keep them drinking and try providing warm drinks and soup for extra appeal.
Await sign of things to come. Signs of frostbite are pale, grey or blistered skin on the fingers, ears, nose, and toes.
If you think your child has frostbite bring the child indoors and put the affected area in warm (not hot ) water. Signs of hypothermia are shivering, slurred speech, and unusual clumsiness. If you think your child has hypothermia call 9-1-1 immediately.