Here at Safety.com, we want to help you keep your kids safe, sniffle-free and snuggled warm. There’s so much to cover – from winter attire, safety and fighting common colds. We’ve narrowed down the biggest need-to-knows and expert recommendations to keep them happy and healthy this season.
Fight common germs
Winter common colds may seem inevitable, but there are a few precautions you can take. Teach them to cover their mouths and wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds immediately after. Remember to schedule your child’s annual doctor’s appointment to stay up-to-date on shots, vaccinations and any preventative measures to take. Ask your child’s doctor about multivitamins and immune boosters to keep your child strong and healthy to fight off viruses and colds.
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Dress in layers
Dress in layers from head to toe. Experts recommend dressing babies in one extra layer of clothing that adults should wear. Start kids with a layer of undershirts and thermals. Then dress them in sweats or loose-fitting warm attire. Add a vest, jacket or extra sweater. Lastly, put them on waterproof outerwear. Always dress children in hats, gloves, scarves and extra shirts to keep them warm and help prevent hypothermia and frostbite. Remember, it’s easy to take off layers if they’re too hot. Keep an extra set of warm clothes on hand just in case clothes become wet – which can reduce your child’s body heat.
If your kids are into winter sports, make sure they have helmets, knee pads, goggles and other safety wearables to avoid injuries. And don’t forget the sunscreen – yes even in winter it’s important to protect against the sun. Take time to teach children how to play the sport safely including how to fall when ice skating or how to stop when sledding. Even though it’s cold, keep your kids hydrated and always stop when they’re feeling tired. Kids should only take routes that match their skills. And always check the outdoor temperatures before playing outdoors.
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Keep your home kid-friendly
During the winter months, it’s important to keep a close eye on home hazards such as fireplaces and portable heaters. Teach them to keep clothes and toys away and make sure they’re turned off or safely closed down while away. Make sure your home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are free from dirt and working properly. Never leave your child unattended around fire or heat sources. Does your family have a fire escape plan? You should. Create one with your family and practice it monthly.
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Keeping your kids safe all year long from home, school and others can be a tall task. Always put your child’s best interest and health first. Remember to always consult with your child’s doctor for the best recommendations and help.
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