If most adults at this time of year dream of being on a sunny beach, then children are ready to play snowballs, sledding, skiing, skating or sculpting snowmen for days on end. Here are some tips on how to make the coming cold season healthy and safe for your child.
1. Properly dress your child
Warm and comfortable clothing, as well as the principle of its multilayeredness are important. Putting things on top of others, it is worth considering that it’s better to start with woolen ones. This will help reduce the humidity. If your child begins to sweat, remove some clothes from it, so it will remain dry. Wet clothing can lead to overcooling or frostbite.
2. Keep contact with the cold to a minimum
Infants and young children are more vulnerable to negative temperatures than adults. Small areas of the body, such as hands, feet and ears should be protected to avoid frostbite.
Symptoms of frostbite include tingling, numbness, or itching of the skin. Its red, white, bluish-white or grayish-yellow color, coarsening or waxy appearance are also alarm signals. In addition, the mobility of the body may worsen due to stupor of muscles and joints.
3. Caring for baby skin
After bathing and before going to bed, you should apply a moisturizer to your baby’s face, lips, hands and feet.
4. Get vaccinated and hygienic.
Although many people think that they can catch a cold, in fact, the minus temperature is dangerous because it can slow down the body’s ability to fight a viral infection. Holiday gatherings usually become an ideal place to spread the virus. Teach your child to wash his hands more often and cover his mouth when he coughs or sneezes. It is also important to remember about vaccination.
5. Adhere to the winter diet
To strengthen the protective functions of the body, include in the diet of the child all the necessary vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Foods rich in vitamin C, such as, for example, citrus fruits, greens are an excellent way to maintain a healthy immune system.
6. Drink more water
With dehydration, you can become more susceptible to colds or flu. Make sure that your child drinks enough water during the day, especially before the games.
7. Encourage physical activity
Do not give in to winter sleepiness and exercise regularly. Skating, snowboarding, skiing or sledging raises the mood and strengthens health.
8. Remind the child of the safety rules
Make sure that your child maintains a safe distance from the vehicle during the winter games or skating on anything. There should be no obstacles around, such as trees or fences. To prevent injuries, you should sit on the sled as expected, and do not go head first. When practicing more serious sports, it makes sense to wear a helmet.