Tips for Safeguarding Children in Winters

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Winter season is the coldest time of the year. Atmospheric temperature falls drastically, especially during the peak winter months. In few countries, houses, roads, trees, plants get covered by thick layer of white snow and the scenery looks breathtaking.

Cold weather can be harsh on the skin and health of adults as well as on children if proper care is not taken. These are few tips that will make sure your children are safe and protected during these cold conditions.

Skincare:

Winter weather strips the skin of its natural moisture, leaving the skin dry, itchy, and tight. When the air outside is cold and dry, the water in our skin evaporates more quickly; this makes our skin feel dry and tight and makes it look flaky. Children have very delicate skin, so they require more care. Moisturizing is the key to maintaining perfect skin health of children during winters.

  • Choose the perfect massage oil such as Almond oil, Olive oil or Mustard oil, all these work good in winters. Apply any one of these oils on their entire body daily for good results.
  • Good body lotion can also be applied immediately after the shower to lock in the moisture for smooth skin
  • Lips and cheeks are the most affected areas as they are exposed to cold wind all the time apply moisturizer to the cheeks and use a good quality kid-friendly lip balm for the lips.
  • Avoid giving long hot showers and baths. Hot bathe can strip the skin of its essential oils leaving it looking flaky; try to bathe them with warm water instead of hot water.
  • Apply sunscreen on face and hands, whenever the kid goes outdoors to play or for any other activity.

Proper Clothing:

  • Children should wear cotton under layers and over it make them wear sweaters or jackets or pullovers.
  • Woolen clothes attract dust and may lead to dust allergy so it is extremely important to wash them regularly with soft washing powders to ensure they are dust free and hygienic.
  • Make them wear comfortable socks and mittens can also be used for protecting the hands if it is too cold.
  • Scarves or mufflers should be used, so that cold breeze does not enter through their ears causing any infection.
  • Kids should wear proper gum boots if going out in the snow.

Food for cold weather:

  • Make sure children take enough protein like eggs, chicken, meat, fish etc. Vegetarians can opt for soya beans and lentils to get their protein intake. Proteins naturally keep the body warm.
  • Include lots of dry fruits like almonds, cashews, dates, etc.
  • Green leafy vegetables and seasonal winter fruits such as oranges, custard apple, apples, and pomegranates should also be added to the diet.
  • Avoid cold beverages; opt for hot cocoa drinks, hot milk or hot soups instead.
  • Keep the kids hydrated. Children do not feel thirsty in winters as they don’t sweat and they tend to drink less water. So make sure they drink enough water.

Other precautions:

  • During winters children do not get enough Vitamin D, which is extremely important for good bone health. So even if it is sunny for few hours, take your kids outside in the sun as the sun is a natural source of Vitamin D.
  • If indoor heating is used then make sure to set your heater to the lowest setting and use a humidifier, especially at night time.

Keep your children safe and protected during these winters.