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- Dress baby in thin layers before putting him in a car seat. Strap him in and cover him with blankets for warmth. It’s safer than strapping in a baby in a puffy coat.
- Babies should be in one more layer than an adult requires for warmth.
- Your baby should wear warm pajamas in the crib. Don’t leave spare blankets in the crib.
- Drive your kids to school if it’s really cold.
- Dress them in several thin layers. Add a warm coat, mittens, hats and scarves.
- Helmets are best for winter sports. Don’t forget sunscreen.
- Wet clothes draw heat from the body. Make sure your children change clothes if they get wet or excessively sweaty outside.
Frostbite affects extremities and smaller body parts like the ears, nose and fingertips. Watch for pale or gray skin. Your child may complain that the area hurts. Apply warm water to the area and watch for recovery. Wrap your child in blankets and feed her some soup. If you see blistering or hear complaints of numbness after gently warming the area with water, contact your pediatrician or visit the hospital.
Winter wreaks havoc on skin. These tips will help:
- Stick to warm baths— not too hot.
- Pat dry after the bath and apply moisturizer and any balms or ointments.
- Remind your children not to lick their lips and chap them.
- Watch out for carbon monoxide poisoning from a wood burning stove.
- Don’t operate a space heater unattended.
- Use cold water on burns, not ice. Don’t pop blisters, because they protect the sensitive skin beneath.
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