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Tips To Keep Kids Warm And Safe This Winter

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Just because the temperatures are dipping and the snow is falling in most parts of the country, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy all of the fun outdoors. As a matter of fact, playing in the snow, going skiing, ice skating, or even sledding down a mountain is all part of the winter season fun. With that being said though, it’s still very essential that parents keep their kids well dressed with the proper clothing, gear, and accessories.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently shared their tips on keeping your children both safe and warm. First and foremost, they are advising that children dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities. Dressing your kids in layers works the best, as they can take off a layer of clothing should the weather warm up by the afternoon. Also, always remember to dress them in warm boots (and ones that are waterproof), gloves, mittens and a hat. The general rule of thumb is to dress your kids in one more layer of clothes and what an adult would wear in the same temperature.

If your child is riding in a car, make sure that they wear thin, snug lawyers rather than bulky coats or snowsuits inside their car seats and booster seats. If you have a small infant, keep all blankets, quilts, pillows, bumpers, or other loose beddings away from a child’s sleeping environment. These items pose a serious risk to their safety and are also associated with suffocation deaths.

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And while it’s without a doubt that many parents do their best to make sure their kids stay warm, healthy, and happy during the holiday season, keep in mind that hypothermia happens more often than we realize. It’s when a child’s temperature falls below the normal range after being exposed to colder temperature.

Some of the signs to look out for include slurred speech, lethargy and shivering. In most cases, children become hypothermic when they aren’t properly dressed for the outdoors or when their clothes get wet in the freezing temperatures. Depending on the severity of hypothermia, emergency medical care for hypothermia may include one of the following interventions to raise the body temperature: Passive rewarming. For someone with mild hypothermia, it is enough to cover them with heated blankets and offer warm fluids to drink.

If you have any more questions, definitely consult with your child's pediatrician or a trusted health professional for more tips on how to keep your child warm and safe this winter.

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