Winter is rolling around and once again it’s a mixed bag for everyone involved. We love staying inside and getting cozy and playing in the snow but it’s hard to love the sheer cold, not to mention the stress of the holidays. But we’re often so protected from the harshest of impacts of the winter, we can forget that it’s truly dangerous. This is especially true for the most vulnerable of us: our children. Make sure that your kids are much less likely to get sick and hurt with the following tips.
Take Care of the Home
The home should be the warmest place in the world for your kids and their place to get in and rest and recuperate away from the cold. But if your home is failing to heat up properly, it can only exacerbate their chances of getting sick during the winter. Make sure you’re not making the mistakes that keep your home colder for longer, like neglecting to cover up window drafts and not closing doors and curtains to keep more of the heat in the home. It’s a good idea to keep plenty of hot drinks in supply for when they come in out of the frost, as well.
Beware the Real Danger of Hypothermia
Hypothermia is a serious health condition. When the body is unable to produce enough of its own heat due to the cold, it can even have fatal results. Make sure your kids understand the risk if they’re old enough and set some ground rules to make sure they avoid that fate. Invest in high-quality winter clothes like Bomboogie and don’t let them out that door without ensuring they’re wrapped up nicely. Give them a thermos of something warm to drink if they’re old enough to use it safely. If they’re younger, then make sure they come back inside to warm up every now and then. If you see signs of hypothermia, then call the doctor ASAP.
Avoid Those Germs
The winter is more than the season of the cold, it’s the season of colds, too. Colds and flus are much more common in the winter, and they can really ruin a child’s holidays or make them more susceptible to other illnesses. Make sure that they have the best possible chance of avoiding catching these bugs. Make sure they wash their hands before and after going outside and keep well stocked with sanitizer in the home. But your best bet to stay strong against the winter bugs is to focus on nutrition. Multivitamins for children aren’t recommended, so making sure they get plenty of vitamin C from citrus fruits and vitamin D from the sun is the best way to go. If you do want to give them multivitamins just to top them up, don’t use them regularly but only at the start of winter and check with their doctor first.
In the vast majority of cases, our kids are going to be perfectly safe in the winter and will see it as little more than a particularly fun, if not cold, time of year. But that’s only if we do what we’re supposed to and keep an eye out for them.