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Winter Safety Tips for Your Little Snowman

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Whether your winter temps are mild or bitterly cold, the AAP has some valuable tips on how to keep your children safe and warm.
Air Date: January 15, 2014
Duration: 10 Minutes
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: David Hill, MD
david hill 2013Dr. David Hill is Vice President of Cape Fear Pediatrics in Wilmington, NC, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UNC Medical School. He serves on the executive committees of the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics Council On Communications and the Media. In addition to writing a monthly column for Wilmington Parent Magazine, Dr. Hill writes and records for multiple websites including as,, and He has three children, ages 6, 9, and 11.
Winter Safety Tips for Your Little Snowman
Whether winter brings severe storms, light dustings of snow or just cold temperatures, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some valuable tips on how to keep your children safe and warm.

In the winter months, kids often forget to wear something to keep their heads and ears warm. This can be quite dangerous, because even in slightly cold temperatures, kids can quickly develop frostbite or hypothermia.

Another problem can be dehydration. With the cool weather, kids often don't drink as much; so it's important to keep an eye on their liquid intake.

Finally, dry skin during the winter months can be more than just a nuisance... if your kids aren't getting enough moisture, it can lead to painfully dry and itchy skin.

Melanie Cole, MS, and Dr. David Hill discuss winter safety and the things to keep in mind as your little ones go sledding, skating, skiing and just off to school in these cold winter months.


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