December 11, 2007 |
Keep them toasty in smart fabrics & lots of layers.
The youngest and oldest among us are most susceptible to the effects of inclement weather. From hypothermia to frostbite, winter’s chill can cause serious harm.
Here are some tips to keep your young ones warm and toasty all season long:
A good rule of thumb is to dress children in one more layer of clothing than adults would dress in the same condition. Your goal is to not only keep them warm, but more importantly, dry.
Use several thin layers consisting of clothes like:
• Thermal long johns on the top and bottom. One-piece pajamas will also work in a pinch.
• Flannel shirts, turtlenecks and wool sweaters.
• Wool socks.
• Waterproof boots – make sure they have a good lining and that they fit correctly. Boots that are too tight restrict blood flow, which causes feet to become even colder. Fit your child’s boots so there’s room for an extra pair of socks.
• Mittens – these are better than gloves because the fingers stay close together creating their own warmth. Mittens that have gloves underneath are also a good option.
• Hats – avoid ear muffs or headbands. You lose most of your heat from the top your head. Make sure the hat also covers the ears.