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Keeping Your Kids Safe In The Cold And Snow

Kids in the cold and snow

They don’t call it a winter wonderland for nothing –-  kids love to play outside in the cold and snow.

And who can blame them? There’s just something magical about your first sled ride, or watching your breath frost up in front of you. Not to mention building snowmen and igloos, ice skating, and snowball fights. What kid could resist?

Unfortunately for parents, resisting and saying no are part of the job description if you want to make sure that your child grows up safe. While your kids dream of making angels, flying down hills, and packing snow together, parents imagine cutting winds and icy rain that can lead to fevers, falling, and frostbite.

Luckily, there are ways to make both of you happy during the winter season – parents just have to know the right tips and tricks.

It’s not just bundling, it’s layering. You probably had your parents and possibly even grandparents tell you to “bundle up” when you were little, but strictly speaking, staying warm is about more than just wearing the heaviest, most insulated clothing. One of the most important things you can do for your child is to put them in as many layers as possible, because that way they will stay drier longer, even if the outside layer or two gets damp from the snow or ice. Research has shown that wet kids get colder faster.

Protect the head and extremities. You’ve probably heard that we lose most of our body heat through our heads, but do you know how much? For children, the number is right around 60 percent! Keep them warmer longer by making them wear a hat. And remember that there’s a reason why people created things like gloves, earmuffs, and facemasks. Our hands, feet, noses, and ears are especially susceptible to getting frostbite, so never let kids leave until these areas are well covered.

Stay away from ice. Generally speaking, it’s not snow that gets kids hurt in most instances – it’s ice. If you’re going to take them sledding or have a snowball fight, do your best to ensure that the snow they’re using hasn’t become so compacted that it’s turned into hard, painful ice. Few things are worse than crashing your sled into a solid patch of ice or getting hit in the face with an iceball.

Look for smooth sailing. Sledding down a steep hill is one of the most exciting winter activities around – for kids, teens, and adults. But if you’re taking little ones sledding, you should do your best to find an area where they can stay as far away as possible from bigger kids and adults to avoid potential crashes where they’re sure to come out the losers. Also, ideally you want to use hills that are relatively free of trees, bushes, and rocks so that your kids don’t have any unexpected meetings.

Cold sun is still sun. Most parents don’t even think about this because they’re so concerned with all of the other possible winter problems, but lots of kids get sunburns in the cold. Just because the sun isn’t warming up the area doesn’t mean that it’s not hitting you hard. Remember to apply sunscreen on your little ones or you might be dealing with a surprising sunburn.

About the Author: Debbie spends her time writing health and beauty articles. She also reviews dermatology sites. Click here to learn more.  When she has some free time (which isn’t often) she cuts loose with a good book and a glass of wine.


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