To keep your kids safe this winter, there are some tips you may need to make it a fun and healthy season. Ensure that your kids are not exposed to extreme cold and is warm enough at all times. This doesn't mean you don't allow them outside, give them the freedom to play, but create a safe environment.
1. Proper clothing
Kids and babies tend to get cold faster than adults. You are advised to use three layers of clothing during cold winters. This will prevent your them from being exposed to the harsh cold weather. The first layer of clothing should be soft and made of cotton to keep the body insulated. If your kid enjoys vigorous playing, the first layer should also absorb sweat. There are many types of moisture wicking fabrics on the market to act as a first layer. If they want to play outdoors make sure that the child has a hat, scarf, and waterproof mittens to keep them warm.
2. Be on the lookout for danger signs
Be cautious when your kids are out playing and be on the lookout for danger signs. Children are more easily affected by frostbite and hypothermia than adults. Guard against the cold with proper clothing. If you see your child with signs of frostbite, them inside and warm their body. This can be done by giving the child a warm glass of water, soaking the affected skin in warm water and holding them close to your own warm body. However, for any signs of hypothermia, you are advised to call 911 immediately.
3. Keep them hydrated
Other than providing your child with enough water during the day, also give children warm drinks as they lose water when they talk or play during winter. Cocoa is a favorite during colder months as they feel like their given a "treat." Don't keep your child outdoors for extended periods of time during winter in freezing temperatures. Have them come inside to dry their snow covered clothing and warm up.
4. Beware of clothing hazards
Strings and knots can be a choking hazard to your baby. Protect your baby and be cautious by dressing them in button-up hats rather the one with strings. Check that feet and fingers are covered by appropriate material based on the weather conditions. Knitted clothing may not hold up as well against a freezing wintry wind.