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You all loved my Summer Safety Tips For Baby it is one of my most popular, semi – viral posts! That may have been the first post many of you read and the reason you started following my blog. In conjunction with the impending season change I figured I would carry on with the safety tips and share some tips for the winter. I am no doctor or child safety specialist, but after many hours of research and recommendations from my incredible pediatrician here are some solid tips to help you and your baby stay safe through the colder months.
Winter Car Safety
Avoid puffy bulky clothing between baby and harness. Dress in light layers and use a blanket to cover over harness or wear coat backwards. Do not place a blanket or a snowsuit under the car seat straps.
Winter Clothing Safety
Rule of Thumb
Dress toddlers and children in one more layer of clothing than you would wear yourself.
First layer: Thermal underwear, sock liners, wool socks, and glove liners.
Third layer: Water-resistant jacket, a hat, mittens, and waterproof boots with gripping surfaces. Instead of a scarf, buy a neck gaiter. A scarf can get caught on objects, posing a strangulation hazard.
Be sure baby’s fingers, toes, ears, nose, and chin are covered but that she can still breathe easily.
“Using a humidifier, especially in your child’s room, can minimize the drying effects of the season,” says Anthony J. Mancini, M.D., an associate professor of pediatrics and dermatology at Northwestern University, in Chicago.
The cold, dry air from the winter months can dry out baby’s skin, making it more susceptible to irritation. Use moisturizing fragrance free products such as Honest Face And Body Lotion Fragrance Free or Burt’s Bees Baby Nourishing Lotion Fragrance Free
Dry cold winter air can suck the moisture right out of your baby’s skin. Generously apply lotion whenever you notice dry areas and check back often. I love the Aveeno Baby products. Milo has eczema so I love to use Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy in the winter months
Colds, viruses and flus are more common in the winter months. Frequent hand washing aid in avoiding this illnesses. Try my DIY Cold / Chest Rub For Baby to relieve chest congestion and stuffy, runny noses. Also, place a finger scoop in warm bath for a relaxing vapor effect.
Winter Play Safety
Hypothermia develops when a child’s temperature falls below normal due to exposure to cold, and often happens when a child plays outdoors in extremely cold weather without proper clothing.
For Mild Hypothermia
Symptoms: Shivering; goosebumps; numb hands
For Moderate Hypothermia
Symptoms: Intense shivering; lack of muscle coordination; lethargy; confusion; drowsiness. In severe cases, the child stops shivering and becomes incoherent and possibly unconscious.
Symptoms: Bright-red, cold skin; low energy; lack of appetite.
Frostbite happens when the skin and outer tissues become frozen. This condition tends to happen on extremities like the fingers, toes, ears, and nose. You can avoid it by setting reasonable time limits on outdoor play, and have your children come inside periodically to warm up.For Frostnip (Mild Frostbite):
Symptoms: White patches of skin on the ears, nose, cheeks, fingers, or toes; numbness.
Symptoms: Waxy, hard, white or grayish-yellow skin; numbness; burning sensation. In severe cases, the skin will turn blue to purple or splotchy; you should immediately go to the emergency room.