Winter weather can be disastrous to our skin! Dry patches, redness and itchy skin can be the results. Winter weather can also be quite dangerous to prolonged exposed skin, especially to kids. Below are a few tips for bundling up on those winter-weather outings:
Thin layers are the best! They allow for warmth while also keeping skin dry. Rule of thumb: put one more layer on your child than you have on. When adding layers, make sure they are relatively easy to remove. Just in case overheating occurs, you’ll want to remove layers to avoid getting a chill.
Always opt for a hat that covers the ears; they can be especially prone to frostbite. Mittens tend to keep little hands warmer because their fingers are bundled together for extra warmth. Another rule of thumb: if little hands and feet are warm to the touch, then their bodies are warm too. Avoid using scarves and hoodies with strings – those can become a choking hazard. Wear warm, waterproof boots that are roomy enough for an extra pair of socks, kids should be able to wiggle their toes!
When riding in cars, it’s best to avoid heavy jackets and snowsuits and opt for snug layers. If it’s particularly cold out, opt for a blanket on top of the buckled car seat, it will still allow the seatbelt to fit tightly. If that’s not an option, just be sure to check the straps on the car seat every time the layers or thickness of your child’s clothing changes. Jackets, snowsuits and layers are just fine in strollers. If it’s particularly cold out, add a blanket to keep wind chills out.
Yes, sunscreen in the dead of winter! The sun reflects off snow very intensely and can cause a sunburn. Lather up if you plan to be out on a sunny (albeit chilly) day.
The above tips are meant to keep kids happy and healthy outdoors this winter. Please do keep in mind that frostbite and hypothermia are severe safety issues and should be taken seriously.
Frostbite happens when the skin has been exposed to frigid temperatures. The fingers, toes, ears and nose are the most susceptible. The skin can feel numb or burn and can become pale, gray and blistered. Never rub a frozen area of skin and contact your doctor immediately.
Hypothermia occurs when a child’s body temperature falls below normal due to cold temperatures and can occur much quicker in kids than adults. As hypothermia sets in, shivering and lethargic, clumsy behavior can occur. Call 911 immediately if you suspect your child may be suffering from hypothermia.
Winter-weather activities are fun ways to stay active and healthy, even when it’s cold out. Just keep an eye on the temperature and amount of time you’ve been outdoors. Do get out and make some snow angels this winter!
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