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    Winter Health & Safety Tips

    Winter Health & Safety Tips

    Winter Health and Safety

    When snow begins to fall, it calls to most children like a flame to a moth. Parents scramble to bundle their kids in as many layers and essential winter accessories as they can before the race to a snowy adventure begins. But since the snowy season also poses risks, we’ve compiled some useful tips for winter health and safety. This includes some even the most prepared parents may have missed! Read on to find out the best ways to keep your kids safe this winter.

    How cold is too cold?

    An important starting point is to understand when cold is too cold! The wind-chill factor can cause the temperature to feel much colder than it actually is, and should be considered when checking the weather. A temperature below 20 degrees Fahrenheit is cause for concern and should be off-limits for playtime. Between 20 and 30 degrees, children should take indoor breaks every 20 to 30 minutes (let’s call it the “20/30 Rule”). Above 30 degrees Fahrenheit is the most ideal range for winter play. Even then, parents should encourage indoor breaks every 40 minutes or so. If your child is shivering, it’s time for a long break, as shivering is a key sign of potential hypothermia.

    Skin Care

    A really hot shower feels great after some time outside in the cold, but this can actually be harmful to the skin during winter months; hot water and traditional bar soaps can strip skin of moisture and oils. Consider changing your soap to something with an oatmeal base or a milder soap like castile. You should also use warm instead of hot water when bathing. Furthermore, sunscreen is important during winter months; the sun can reflect off snow, burning the skin just as easily as the sun in summer.


    Protect Against Germs

    To combat the spread of colds and flu, teach your child to sneeze and cough into bend of their elbow and encourage frequent hand washing. Everyone can benefit from this tip year-round, but it’s especially important during winter months to help keep you and your little ones healthy.

    Need more info? View the links below for more information on winter safety, including tips on frostbite. And if you’re looking for deals on winter outerwear and accessories, check out of social media pages Cookie’s Kids Facebook and Twitter – specials posted daily!


    Winter Safety – HealthyChildren.org

    Winter Health Guide – Parenting.com


    Seneca A. Iscove is a blogger and frequent contributor to CookiesKids.com. Born and raised in NYC, she affiliates with other fairies and Jedi on the never-ending quest to find the perfect time to write. A mass media enthusiast and truth seeker, Seneca admits that she likes cookies-but prefers birthday cake!

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