The winter months can expose everyone, especially children, to conditions that impact their health and safety. That’s why it’s important to create a plan to keep your child safe, whether they are going out in their stroller, going to school or playing in the snow.
9 suggestions for keeping your child safe in winter
- Dress your child in layers and make sure their head, hands and neck are covered.
- When playing out in the snow, layer up the socks!
- If you have an infant in a stroller, add one more layer of clothes than an adult wears.
When sledding, make sure that the course is away from the road and that there is good visibility from the top to the bottom of the hill.
Make sure that scarves and hood strings are tucked in to avoid choking.
Are You Cold?
If so, most likely your child is too.
- If your child is wet, bring them inside.
- If your child is shivering or appears uncomfortable, no matter what they say, bring them in.
Sunscreen is a year–round item. Sun reflects off the snow and can cause a sunburn. This is especially important for a long day on the slopes.
Fire It Up!
- Be careful of the embers from a fire, especially open flames.
- If you are using a generator, or a kerosene or electric heater, during a power outage, make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working.
- If one of those alarms sounds, quickly move to an open area outside of the house and call 911.
How is Your Head?
Helmets are imperative for snowboarding, skiing, sledding or playing ice hockey.
Are You Thirsty?
Make sure your child is drinking. In drier air, kids lose more water through their breath. Throughout the day, offer your child water and avoid juices and soda.
- Signs of frostbite are pale, grey or blistered skin on exposed areas.
- Signs of hypothermia (body temperature below 95 F) are shivering, slurred speech and clumsiness. Call 911 immediately if you think your child has hypothermia. This is a medical emergency.
Find more winter safety tips here.
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At any age, count on the pediatricians of Westchester Health and Northwell Physician Partners for vital information to help you raise happy, healthy kids. Whether you have newborns, toddlers, adolescents or teenagers, adolescents, we’ve got years of experience helping parents take care of their children and we’re here to help you with yours. Please call us at (914) 232-1919.
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If you’d like more tips and advice on keeping your family safe and healthy throughout the winter months, please call (914) 232-1919 t to make an appointment to come in and see one of our Westchester Health pediatricians. We’re here to help! Whenever, wherever you need us, we’re here for you.
By Cindee J. Ivker, MD, FAAP, Lead Pediatric Physician with Westchester Health, member of Northwell Health Physician Partners