Winter can be full of fun things like, sledding and snowball fights. But it can also be dangerous for kids. Here are some winter safety tips for your little ones.
Frostbite happens when the skin and underlying tissues freeze. It’s most common on the fingers, toes, ears, cheeks, and chin. The skin becomes cold, red, numb, and hard. If your child experiences frostbite, bring them inside immediately. Place their frostbitten parts in warm, not hot, water. Then, change their clothes, place them under warm blankets, and give them something to drink like hot tea or hot chocolate. If you notice blistering, fever, or increased pain, seek immediate medical care.
Sledding, ice skating, skiing, and snowboarding
Winter sports can be dangerous if you’re not careful. Ensure your child’s equipment is working correctly and that their helmets fit snug. One of the most common injuries that can occur in winter sports is concussions. Some symptoms, according to Healthline, may include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to the light
- Delayed reaction
If your child experiences any of these or suffers a head injury, seek immediate medical care.
Car seat safety in the winter
Car seats and bulky coats or clothing can pose a threat to your child on the road. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in a car crash, fluffy padding flattens out from the force of the impact, creating extra space and leaving your baby vulnerable to slipping out of the straps.
To ensure your child is protected and warm while driving in the winter, the AAP recommends the following:
- Keep the carrier portion of the car seat in the house. Your child will quickly lose body heat if you leave the carrier seat in a cold car.
- Dress your baby in thin layers. Parents can use close-fitting clothes like long-sleeve bodysuits, and then add pants and a warmer top. You can also add a warm fleece on top. Infants should wear one layer more than adults.
- Hats, socks, and mittens will also keep your little one warm.
- For extra warmth, cover them with a blanket or a coat after strapping them in.
- Prepare for emergencies by packing extra blankets, clothing, hats, mittens, and snacks.