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Tips to Keep Your Children Safe and Warm This Winter

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The winter season is a fun time of year for children of all ages, and keeping your child safe and warm is a priority. Here are some helpful tips to meet that challenge:

1) Layer Up!
The key to staying warm while outdoors in the winter is to wear layers. Dress your child in several thin layers and remember warm, waterproof boots, gloves or mittens, scarves, and hats. A good general rule of thumb for infants and children is to dress them in one more layer than what you would wear as an adult in the same weather conditions. Avoid bulky layers such as thick coats or blankets when your infant or toddler is in a car seat—it can make the harness too loose and reduce its effectiveness.

Avoid using blankets or other loose bedding in cribs for infants under the age of 1 year due to the increased risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Instead, put your infant to sleep in a warm one-piece sleeper or wearable blanket.

Keep in mind that hypothermia and frostbite can occur quicker in children than adults. Shivering and slurred speech may be signs of hypothermia. Pale or gray skin color and numbness or burning pain to the extremities may be signs of frostbite. If you suspect hypothermia or frostbite, bring your child indoors, remove cold and wet clothing, dry the skin, and cover your child in warm, dry blankets or clothing. If you are concerned about frostbite, soak any affected body parts in warm water prior to drying your child off and covering up with dry blankets or clothing. In addition to taking those initial steps, call your child’s doctor.

2) Stay safe while playing winter sports.
Winter sports are a great way to stay active and healthy during the winter season. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while enjoying these activities.

In general:
-Make sure children are supervised when playing outdoors.
-Have younger children take frequent breaks while playing to come indoors, drink warm beverages, and to warm up before going outside again.

Ice Skating:
-Allow children to skate on approved surfaces only. Make sure ice skates fit comfortably with good ankle support to help prevent injuries.
-Consider having your child wear protective gear such as a helmet and knee pads, especially when he or she is still learning how to skate.

Sledding:
-Do not allow your child to sled near motor vehicles or open roadways.
-Head injuries may be prevented by avoiding sledding head-first and by wearing a helmet. Avoid sledding on slopes with obstacles such as trees or fences.

Skiing and Snowboarding:
-Children should be taught to ski or snowboard by a qualified instructor. All skiers and snowboarders should wear helmets and other appropriate protective gear that fits correctly.
-Only allow children to ski or snowboard on slopes that are appropriate for their maturity level and skill level.

3) Trying to avoid the winter cold and flu season? Practice good hand hygiene!
Cold weather itself does not cause illness, but viruses that cause the common cold or flu tend to be more easily spread during this time of year, especially when people are spending more time together indoors in close quarters. Help keep your family healthy by washing hands frequently. Another way to help prevent the spread of germs is to teach your child to cough or sneeze into the crease of their elbow. If you or your child is sick, one of the best things you can do to help prevent the spread of illness is to stay home and rest!

Children 6 months and older are also recommended to receive the flu vaccine to help protect them against influenza. If your infant is too young to receive the flu vaccine, you can help protect them by getting the flu vaccine yourself and encouraging anyone who will be in close contact with your child to also get vaccinated.

4) Skin care: moisturizer and sunscreen!
Along with the frequent hand washing and cold weather comes dry, chapped skin. One of the best ways to treat dry skin at home is to use an unscented moisturizer at least one to two times daily. Use lip balm to help prevent chapped lips.

It is often overlooked, but sun exposure can still cause sunburn even in the winter. Beginning at the age of 6 months and older, you can protect your child’s skin by applying sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher to exposed areas of skin.

For more information, check out the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) “Winter Safety Tips” online or ask your child’s physician. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and safe winter season!

NYULMC-2011_2CP_RGB_300dpiFrom the Real Experts at NYU Langone Medical Center:

Madhavi Kapoor, MD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center and a pediatrician at NYU Langone’s Trinity Center.

5 Ways to Prepare for Kids’ Winter Activities

It’s finally cold here in NYC, which means that winter is coming soon—and the start of kids’ winter activities is not too far behind. Unfortunately the days of running around jacket-less in the park are over and walks to kids’ classes, play dates, and activities will be much colder—and possibly very snowy! Before winter rears its ugly head, here are a few ways to get ready.

Child in snowClothes for bundling. Of course you’re going to get your child a winter coat and some cold weather accessories, but don’t wait until the snow arrives—get them all now! The last thing you want is the first snow to fall and you’re stuck overnighting a pair of snow pants so your little one can play outside with the other kids. Necessities to put on your list: a heavy jacket (but beware of coats so puffy your child can’t move), waterproof mittens/gloves and clips to keep them attached to the jacket, a warm hat, snow pants, and snow boots.

Stroller accessories. Since we use our strollers like cars here in NYC, it’s no wonder that there are so many accessories for easy winter-proofing. Keep your little one warm with a stroller sleeping bag like the JJ Cole Polar BundleMe, and for yourself, you’ll need handwarmers, like the 7A.M. Enfant Warmmuffs, which are like mittens that attach to the handle of your stroller. And if you have a Bugaboo stroller, they carry Rough Terrain Wheels, which are made for navigating snow-packed streets. Whatever stroller you have, you can be sure there are winter accessories to come with it.

Screen Shot 2014-11-15 at 8.56.33 PMTrial Classes. Right now is the perfect time to sign up your little one for a trial class—before kids’ winter activities officially start and the weather is  too miserable to trek out several times a week to try everything out. To book a trial class, search the Kidz Central Station homepage by class type, age, and neighborhood; select the check box for Trial Class; and see what classes are available. After your child’s trial class, you can easily return to book him or her for the winter semester.

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 11.29.28 AMShare winter classes with your friends. Once you find the right class for your child, using Kidz Central Station you can easily share it with friends who may want to sign up too. Look for the “Share this with your friends” box on the right-hand side of every page, where you can share the class via Facebook or email. It’s so easy you don’t even have to open your email to do it!

Scout out indoor activities nearby. All NYC neighborhoods have kid-friendly hangouts and activities—you just have to find them! Neighborhoods like the Upper East Side and Upper West Side have access to several great kid-friendly museums. Midtown has interactive kids’ shopping at places like FAO Schwarz and the LEGO store. Downtown you’ll find great kids’ boutiques to poke around in and more museums to visit. And every area has its share of kid-friendly restaurants and spots for open play. If you check out what’s close to your apartment now, you’ll be ready when those first few snowflakes start to fall.