Winter brings with it shorter days and longer nights. The weather is suddenly chilly, temperatures dip and mercury levels everywhere drop. For parents, winter can mean double the precautionary measures as usual to keep your kids warm and protected.
Intense temperatures and dry weather can be potential accident zones for children, especially younger kids.
Be careful when outdoors –
If you live in a region where it snows, you need extra care and precaution while in the outdoors. Snow can be a wonderful part of nature indeed, but there’s no denying the dangers that can happen in these situations. Instead of stopping your kids from going out all season, prepare them to face the weather appropriately. You can’t keep your children locked up just because it’s cold outside.
on the other hand, make sure you listen to weather updates before deciding to venture out. Make sure children are always wearing protective gear and are accompanied by an adult.
Precautionary measures for outdoor games –
If you’re planning to take your kids ice-skating or snowboarding, you might want to make a note of these:
- Emergency rooms report that most cases in winter are from snowboarding and skiing accidents where kids sustain injuries to the head and neck. Make sure the kids wear protective helmets or headgear, not just against the cold but also against injuries
- Always provide adult supervision and have first aid kit at hand
- Don’t let kids wander off by themselves to lonely / deserted patches; they’re usually left empty because they’re dangerous
- Skating rinks have some sheets of dangerously thin ice, make sure you’re in a deemed safe place before letting your kids loose
Dehydration ? In winters?
Yes, you read right. Low temperatures and dry weather automatically lower the body’s metabolism reducing the natural urge to take in liquids. In fact, cold weather also leads to frequent urination which some kids find annoying and cut down on their fluid intake. Watch out for these warning signs of dehydration in your child –
● Irritability / tiredness / lethargy
● increased thirst
● decreased urine output
● dry tongue
● sunken face / pallor
● weight loss
Protection from flu and airborne diseases –
Staying indoors in the winter isn’t going to ensure a hundred per cent protection from illness either. If you have a thermostat or heater at home, make sure the filters are thoroughly cleaned to prevent impure musty air being circulated.
The market has a lot of options for humidifiers this winter to help your skin stay hydrated this winter. If you use an air conditioner a lot, a humidifier might work great for you in getting rid of that dry feeling.
Make sure you kids practise good hygiene and wash their hands as soon as they get home and before meals. You’d be surprised at how many infections spread simply because of unclean hands.
Children are especially susceptible to flu and hypothermia / pneumonia. Baths and showers are to be only with hot water and ensure dryness and all times; moisture is a breeding ground for germs.