Winters throughout the country have been colder than in past years and kids of all ages are out in the cold, playing in the snow.
It's a fun time for kids and a time when parents need to go on the offensive.
Babies, toddlers and young children must be layered up against the cold … even if you’re going outside just to put the baby in the car, or walking one city block … if kids of any age and especially babies are out in the cold it’s layers, layers, layers and mittens!
If you live in the city and are taking your child for a walk in the stroller, make sure babies, toddlers and young kids are wearing mittens.
Cover the stroller with protective see-through plastic covering. That doesn’t mean over-bundling kids so they get hot and sweat, which can chill them.
But by using the right fabrics like a fleece poly blend and layering clothes kids are protected.
Cotton doesn’t keep the heat in and wool can be itchy. Neither dries well.
Weekends and school snow days will find kids on sleds, toboggans and inner tubes. Using a thin fleece hat under your child’s helmet will keep their head warm. Make sure they drink fluids like hot cocoa, soup and tea. Dehydration can cause frostbite.
When you take your kids out to ski, sled, skate, or engage in any other outdoor winter activity, watch for other people who are reckless. Keep an eye uphill and behind you and watch for people who are going too fast or are out of control. Don't assume they can stop to avoid you.
Families with younger children should stick together in the snow. Big spills, getting wet and cold, and getting lost can be serious business.
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