When temperatures drop, children need extra attention to stay warm, safe and healthy. Here are some tips to protect children when the thermometer dips:
- Think layers – Put several layers on your child and make sure their head, neck, and hands are covered.
- Be aware of clothing hazards – Avoid clothing such as scarves, and sweaters with hood strings.
- Use sunscreen – Children and adults can still get sunburn in the winter. Sun can reflect off the snow, so apply sunscreen.
- Keep them hydrated – Keep them drinking and try giving them warm drinks and soup for extra appeal.
- Watch for danger signs – Signs of hypothermia are shivering, slurred speech, and unusual clumsiness. If you think your child has hypothermia, call 9-1-1 immediately.
For more kids-specific health information, visit kids.mountnittany.org.
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