Younger or older, kids sometimes have a tough time knowing when to come inside from the cold. To nip frostbite in the bud, check on your kids regularly to make sure that mittens are dry and warm and noses aren’t too red.
If you’re going outside in the cold, stay safe — and warm. Make sure your kids have a snack before going out it will give their bodies energy in the cold weather.
Waterproof pants and jackets are great top layers.
The cold-weather ensemble wouldn’t be complete without warm socks and boots to keep feet dry and a hat to top it off.
It helps to have an extra pair of gloves or mittens tucked into kids’ pockets if they plan to be outdoors for a while.
Remember you still get sun exposure during winter months. Dryness of skin and lips plus dryness of nose and nosebleeds occur in this time. Also be aware of exposure to Sun & Cold Weather and other conditions stated below.
For Dry Skin & Lips – Skin moisturizer can be applied twice a day. Babies could be bathed less frequently. Humidifier in the house/room is advisable.
Nose Bleeds – Moisturize nose with saline drops or gel. Keep humidifier in the room. If nose bleeds are frequent, inform your Pediatrician.
Sun Exposure – Protect your kids’ faces with sunscreen and sunglasses as snow can reflect up to 85% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
One way to stay healthy is to make sure your family washes their hands especially after sharing toys, coughing, and blowing a runny nose.
Helmets are a must when kids are skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling.
Knee pads, wrist guards, and shin guards are also items they should wear during winter sports. Even a low-speed spill can be damaging to delicate bones and joints.
What to Do in an Emergency?
Frostnip is an early warning sign of the onset of frostbite. It leaves the skin white and numb. After bringing your child inside, remove all wet clothing because it draws heat from the body. Immerse the chilled body parts in warm (not hot) water — 104-108° F (40-42° C) — until they are able to feel sensation again.
Frostbite occurs mostly on fingers, toes, ears, noses, and cheeks. The area becomes very cold and turns white or yellowish gray. If you notice frostbite, take your child immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room.