Keeping the littles warm and happy during the winter can be a challenge at times. Mittens and hats get lost, boots mysteriously come off, and too much padding can make movement difficult. Here are a few tips to help ensure safe and happy play during the cold months.
Hood strings and scarves have the potential to strangle a small child. Use alternative clothing when possible to keep him or her warm.
Sunscreen in the Winter
Sunscreen isn't just for beach days during the summer. The rays of sun reflect off of snow making it just as dangerous in the winter as during the summer. Use sunblock on any exposed skin.
More water is lost through breath during the cold months. Offer water, or better yet, warm drinks such as hot cocoa or soup to entice the kids back inside.
Even if the roads are closed due to snow, it still isn't safe to play in the street. Sledding and snow play should be left to yards or parks.
Ensure that children have helmets and necessary play equipment for their winter activities. Teach children the safe way to sit on sleds and how to stop if they are going too fast. Ride along with small children to ensure a fun and safe ride down the hill.
Have children check in when they are playing outside. Request that they come inside if they are wet or cold. Danger signs of frostbite include: gray, pale or blistered skin on fingers, toes, nose or ears. In these instances, bring the child inside and place the affected area in warm - not hot - water. Signs of hypothermia are slurred speech, shivering, and unusual clumsiness. If you see these signs, call 911 right away.