10 Tips To Protect Children From Cold Weather
September 20, 2019 Posted by: Sai Siva Childrens Hospital 212 Views RSS
Winter give most families the opportunity to enjoy and have fun in cold weather. Cold temperatures do not mean you have to be at home all the time. However, precautions must be followed before going out, especially for kids. Now that winter is coming, temperatures will drop significantly and it becomes very cold. This change of season is welcomed by most, but also poses several health risks (especially for children).
Whether we like winter or not, the cold weather is coming and will be there until February. Just as we try to stay in the summer months, we must take the same precautions to keep warm during the winter months.
In this blog, Sai Siva Children’s Hospital provides some valuable tips for keeping your children safe and warm. Here are some ideas that we give to parents to keep their children warm, healthy and safe in the winter for the next few weeks are:
1. Stay Warm
This may seem basic to you, but it’s important to stay warm. Choosing the right clothes and accessories which will keep you and your children warm during the fun activities is very important. Children should wear warm, waterproof coat with hats, scarves and gloves. Children lose body heat faster than adults. Therefore, ensure that the kid is taking every 30 to 40 minutes indoor breaks.
2. How to Dress Your Children’s in Winter:
Parents with babies and toddlers must:
- Adjust the winter clothes as per the children’s needs: Put babies and toddlers with one more layer of clothing as adults will wear in the same conditions.
- Keep cold exposure to a minimum: Infants and toddlers do not have the same cold tolerance as adults. Make sure that the child spends less time outside
- Try to wear winter accessories: Don’t forget to wear warm boots, gloves or scarves, and hats that make a big difference to the well-being of your children and babies. The floor at home is also very cold, even after wearing socks, it is better to have shoes for children at home.
- Frostnip and Frostbite: Children are more vulnerable to them. Make sure the gloves are dry and warm. and the nose isn’t too red. Children must dress well and not spend too much time outside the home.
3. A Simple Way to Avoid Flus and Cold in Winter:
It is a common myth that cold weather causes colds, but it doesn’t. Flu is mainly caused by viruses.
The virus is even more likely to spread when children are in school and close contact, usually through the respiratory droplets and arms. Respiratory disease is more common in FLU infections. Protect yourself by following all common precautions for flu shots (especially for young children.)
To prevent Colds and flu tell kids to follow:
- Use soap and water: Often, washing hands reduces the spread of germs. Wash your hands regularly after coughing, sneezing, sharing toys, and before meals etc
- Tell Child to Cover their mouth: Sneezing or coughing on the bend elbows also helps prevent the spread of germs.
- Up To date Immunization: Always update your vaccine, including flu vaccines (for children over six months).
4. Keep Your Child Hydrated:
If you play in the cold and dry air, you can easily forget to take fluids. Even if you don’t sweat, you will be at risk of dehydration. Encourage children to drink lots of water before, during and after playing. Children are also at a higher risk of dehydration in cold temperatures than adults. Give a child to drink lots of warm fluids like warm water, warm turmeric (haldi) milk, coffee, and tea etc.
5. Use Sunscreen:
Although it may feel strange in winter, you have to apply sunscreen while playing indoors. Snowflakes reflect sunlight on your face. Cover face with sunscreen and use a little lip balm with sunscreen on your lips (even when it’s cloudy outside).
6. Promotes Healthy Nutrition
Ensure that your child eats healthy food. Include all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed in their diet, which are essential for strengthening the body’s defence mechanisms. Give your child vitamin-C rich foods such as oranges, tomatoes, melons, papayas and green leafy vegetables, and water-rich foods such as onions, broccoli, cauliflower, mint, ginger, and more. Serve breakfast with dried fruits like cashews, almonds, and pistachios, which are nutritious. Honey should be given daily to kids at night to improve immunity. Snack before cold brings extra calories to the body to keep warm.
7. Encourage Children To Exercise Regularly:
One of the practical and proven ways to strengthen the child’s immune system and protect it from colds and other illnesses is Regular exercise. So tell them to exercise regularly, which helps them to feel more energetic on cold winter days. Ask and encourage them to practice what he likes like running, jogging, cycling, or jumping rope.
8. Make Children’s to Have Fun in the Park
On sunny winter days, take your child to the nearest park so that they feel warm. Encourage them to ride the cycle with their friends and play games outdoors. Also do competition races for them, such as running to increase their energy level.
9. Encourage Child to Play Indoors:
If it’s a cold and windy day; and if you feel uncomfortable outside, it’s better to leave your children inside the home. Sometimes, very cold weather limits children from playing outside. Encourage them to play indoor games with friends on winter days. Give them brainpower, board games, crafts, puzzles, etc.to get them excited about the activities instead of making children sit in front of the TV throughout the day.
Children who stay at home and reading books with tea/coffee. Enjoying the pleasant weather is an extraordinary feeling but only if you and your children are healthy.
10. Follow a Sleep Routine:
Sleep deprivation can have severe effects on your child’s immune system. Ensure that the child is getting enough sleep for 8 hours in winter. Also, do a daily routine to wake up your child and encourage him to follow every day, whether it’s school days or holidays. This is important because they may become lazy during the winter and wake up late on holidays, which can affect their sleep patterns on school days. Wake them up in the morning and take them to the park to jog or warm-up.
Winter can be fun for your child, especially if they spend time in a healthy and productive way. So change the dull and gloomy winter days into fun time for your child to explore the natural environment.
Encourage the child with a variety of fun and safe indoor and outdoor activities. Also, make sure that you follow all the above tips that contribute to your child’s overall health and keep the child active and energetic during winter days.
If you have any concerns about the Flu shots and winter-related health issues or concerns, contact Sai Siva children’s Hospital.
Wishing you and Your Child A Season Filled With Warmth And Happiness!
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