• DRESSING FOR THE COLD

    If you're going outside in the cold, stay safe and warm. 

    • Make sure your kids have a snack before going out.  snack  The calories will give their bodies energy before going out in the cold weather. 

    And protect your kids faces with sunscreen. sunscreen The idea of sunburn in January can seem odd, but snow can reflect up to 85% of the sun's ultraviolet rays. 

     

    • kids should dress warmly in layers of clothes. If the top layer gets wet from snow or freezing rain, they can peel off some clothes down to a dry layer. 

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    • Avoid cotton clothing because it won't keep the kids very warm. Stick with wool or other fabrics. Dress them in long underwear, a turtleneck, and a sweater and a coat. Add more layers depending on the temperature. Waterproof pants and jackets are great top layers because they don't let the wetness seep into the other clothing. The cold weather ensemble wouldn't be complete without warm socks and boots to keep feet dry and a hat to top it off. 

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    There is no set amount of time kids should be allowed to stay in the cold. However, when being cold becomes unpleasant, it's time to go inside. Sometimes, though, kids may just need some dry gloves. It helps to have an extra pair of gloves or mittens tucked into their pockets if they plan to be outdoors for a while.   (Dowshen, 2016)

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    References 

    Dowshen, S. (2016). Cold, ice, and snow safety. Retrieved from https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/winter-safety.html

     

    Last Updated December 17th 2018