You winterize your house and car, and you need to do the same with your children.
Children are even more vulnerable than adults to cold-weather and winter-related injuries. Extreme exposure can cause frostbite or frostnip.
Tips to keep kids cold-weather-proof
1. Dress kids in layers.
If one layer gets wet, the child can remove it to keep moisture away from the skin.
2. Choose warm fabrics.
Use fleece and wool garments instead of cotton clothes, which will not provide insulation if they get wet.
3. Cover extremities.
Warm boots and mittens are essential because extremities are most prone to frostbite. Make sure kids cover their ears and nose and wear a hat to prevent significant heat loss from the head.
4. Limit time outside.
Children should come inside often to limit their exposure to the cold, and they should change out of wet clothing immediately.
Special tips when traveling.
Children can also be at risk when traveling in the car during winter. Whether a long distance or just across town, be prepared for cold weather travel.
Just in case your car breaks down, or you are stranded, follow these suggestions for safe, warm car travel:
- Never leave kids unattended.
- Keep a winter survival kit in the car with the following:
- Extra socks and gloves
- A first-aid kit