December 21, 2005 -- While winter can be a season of fun and adventure for children, it can also be very dangerous. Before the temperature gets any lower, consult our winter weather safety guide below for tips from Parents.com and the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to keep your family safe.
Dress your child in layers: It will help keep her warm and dry outside. The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. Always be sure to check the windchill (as well as the temperature) before sending her out to play. To be on the safe side, don't let children play outdoors if the windchill is 10?F or lower.
NOTE: Blankets, quilts, pillows, sheepskins, and other loose bedding may contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and should be kept out of an infant's sleeping environment. Sleep clothing like one-piece sleepers is preferred. If a blanket must be used to keep a sleeping infant warm, it should be tucked in around the crib mattress, reaching only as far as your baby's chest, so the infant's face is less likely to become covered by bedding.
The winter season can be the worst for your child's tender skin. Cold, dry air can sap precious moisture, and your little one's rosy cheeks can quickly become leathery and wind-burned. Luckily, there are basic steps you can take to protect your child from seasonal skin hazards.
There are some health troubles that emerge more often in the winter than in other seasons. Nosebleeds: If your child suffers from winter nosebleeds, try using a cold air humidifier in the child's room at night. Saline nose drops may help keep tissues moist. If bleeding is severe or recurrent, contact your pediatrician.
Hypothermia develops when a child's temperature falls below normal due to exposure to cold, and often happens when a child plays outdoors in extremely cold weather without proper clothing.
Frostbite happens when the skin and outer tissues become frozen. This condition tends to happen on extremities like the fingers, toes, ears, and nose. You can avoid it by setting reasonable time limits on outdoor play, and have your children come inside periodically to warm up.
Many parts of the county will get blanketed with snow and ice when winter storms strike this season. There are things you can do to ahead of time, however, that will help keep your family safe.
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