The winter season is a long awaited time for many kids. The mere thought of snow days, ice forts, and hot chocolate is enough to have them bundling up in winter gear for a fun day of snowball slinging and sledding down hills. While winter activities such as these can be fun, it is important to ensure that your children are safe in frigid temperatures and snowy conditions.
Hypothermia and frostbite are very real concerns even when children are playing in the comfort of their own backyard. Make sure you know the warning signs of these dangerous conditions. Be sure that your children are dressed properly for cold weather. Have them wear layers, hats, gloves, and water proof shoes. Be sure that they take frequent warm up breaks indoors.
Stocking up on winter gear can be expensive, especially with kids. Children grow so quickly that often they need new coats, snowsuits, and shoes every year. Fortunately stores like Walmart offer affordable winter clothing for kids of all sizes. Snowsuits, snow boots, thermals, and jackets are available at very reasonable prices.
Ensuring your families safety and well being this year can be as simple as knowing the facts when it comes to dealing with winter weather. Readers Digest suggests using sunscreen as to avoid burns from sunlight reflecting off of snow and ice. Offering children nutritious snacks, keeping them hydrated, and practicing safe heating procedures in the home are also suggested. Check here for the full list of Reader’s Digest winter safety tips.
With cold weather comes the cold and flu season. Consider having the entire family vaccinated for the flu to avoid this dangerous and sometimes deadly illness. Contrary to common belief, the flu shot will not make you sick, and as long as there is not any medical reason that you should not receive the vaccine, doctors suggest vaccination. If needles are a problem in your household, talk to your doctor about the mist version of the vaccine. Check here for all the facts.
Parents magazine also offers some helpful advice for the cold and flu season. Frequent hand-washing, vitamin C, and believe it or not, avoiding over the counter cough medicines for children are all highly suggested. Check out the full article here for more information.
There is plenty of outdoor fun to be had when the snow is falling and school is out, but snowy weather and cold temperatures are also the perfect recipe for cozy family time in doors. Curl up fireside with board games, books, and nutritious snacks for some old fashioned family bonding time.
Whatever your winter activities this year, please be sure to have fun and stay safe!