Bundle Up 4 Tips for Keeping Kids Warm

Bundle Up: 4 Tips for Keeping Kids Warm

By: #taketime4u

January 02, 2018

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Wearing plenty of layers and selecting the right fabrics are key to keeping kids warm in winter weather.

Growing up, you likely heard your parents or grandparents warn that you’d catch a cold if you didn’t dress properly for winter weather. You now know that bacterial and viral infections—not cold temperatures—are responsible for winter illnesses. However, that doesn’t mean your kids can leave their coats in the closet.

Children, especially young ones, are more susceptible to cold temperatures and hypothermia than adults. No matter how low the temperature may go, dressing properly for the conditions helps protect kids from winter’s chill.

Whether you’re helping your school-age child pick out clothes for a wait at the bus stop or bundling your baby for a quick trip to the store, keep these tips top of mind:

  1. Layers ensure all-day comfort. As temperatures and your child’s activity levels fluctuate throughout the day, your child’s need for warmth also changes. Dress your child in several layers. Depending on how cold it is outside, school-age kids may feel comfortable in one or two shirts, a sweater or fleece, and a jacket they can add or subtract as needed. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends dressing babies and young children as you would dress yourself for conditions and then adding one extra layer.
  2. Choose fabrics wisely. Cotton isn’t the best fabric to wear when spending time outside in the snow, especially if there’s a good chance kids will get wet from snow or sleet. Opt for wool, when possible, and consider purchasing your child a waterproof jacket to wear at the bus stop, on the playground and when spending time outside. If your family routinely enjoys winter activities, such as sledding, skiing, snowball fights or long walks in the snow, investing in waterproof pants and boots is also a good idea..
  3. Take off puffy jackets in the car. Wearing thick coats underneath a car seat harness raises the risk that young children will be thrown out of the seat in the event of an accident. Dress your baby in thin layers for the car ride, and add a coat after you’ve arrived at your destination..
  4. Don’t forget hats, waterproof gloves and scarves. In freezing temperatures, no winter ensemble is complete without these accessories..

Visit Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital for more children's wellness information, or to find a St. Vincent pediatrician near you, visit provider.stvincent.org.

 

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