Now that we are beginning to suffer the full wrath of winter’s bone, it’s time to make a choice on how you are going to protect your children while they play. New dangers for children appear during winter which can be hazardous if not met with awareness.
There’s a lot to cover and not much blog in which to cover it, which is why there will be 2 parts on this particular issue. Please read our tips to help keep those children safe, warm and healthy through the coldest months of the year.
So how can winter be a dangerous time for children?
With the dropping temperatures of January creating climatic hazards, more time is spent indoors where children experience doses of extreme lethargy due to overeating and substantially less activity.
However, with careful planning and supervision children will be able to enjoy outdoor playtime without substantial risk. Here’s the Wicken Toys first batch of tips for the discerning parent to understand the basic risks in protecting their kids from the ravages of winter:
- Dress the kids in multiple layers of clothing to play outside, including extra layers for legs, feet and hands. Gloves, hats, thermal socks, the works.
- Get them use to wearing hats and gloves when playing outdoors in cold weather. The biggest proportions of body heat are lost through the head and hands.
- Try to limit the amount of time spent playing outdoors for kids. Provide safe intervals for them to come inside for food or drink and to rest and warm up.
- If the children get their clothes wet be sure to remove all the wet clothing immediately. The worry is that wet clothes in cold weather can bring the onset of a cold or even hypothermia. Get them changed and dry before letting them go back outdoors.
- Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean bright sunlight and snow glare cannot cause sunburn. Keep sunscreen handy.
- Use your common sense in terms of weather conditions. If the conditions are too harsh (storm, heavy rain, sleet) then keep them indoors.
- If you can dress your children in bright coloured clothes it can be a benefit when it comes to seeing them from a distance.
- Do not dress children in winter wear with drawstrings - they can cut off circulation and make frostbite a greater threat.
- Even though children enjoy them - avoid letting them snowball fight as it can lead to injuries from dangerous projectiles.
- As tempting as it may be for them do not allow children to eat snow. It may contain pollutants, dirt, faeces or other contaminants, and cold snow can chill a young child's body to dangerous levels.
- Be sure to regularly de-ice pavements outside your home, driveways, patios and other areas where children may play.