Nov 17, 2010

Winter Health & Safety Pointers for Kids – Part I

The wintry fun beckons all, however it can be rather tricky to keep children balmy, in good health & amused. Here are some winter health & safety pointers to ensure all enjoy the outdoors thoroughly and safely.

Winter Health Worry – going outdoors?

Gusty days could feel chillier in comparison to the real temperature and while coming to the decision on the extent of time children could be playing outside safely, the wind-chill aspect is highly significant. Following the below mentioned guidelines would be quite helpful.

Winter Tips for temperatures Thirty degree Fahrenheit & Above
  • For temperatures thirty degree Fahrenheit & more, children can generally have fun outdoors and simply layering their clothes & ensuring they don a hat & gloves is adequate.
  • Offering water on a regular basis as it aids in regulating body temperature & being watchful for indications of them developing chill.
  • In case the child shivers then immediately get him/her indoors although they might be insisting they are alright.
  • Feeling the infant’s hands & in case doable feet on a regular basis for checking whether they have turned cold.
  • Parents must also be watchful for any inexplicable fussy behaviour by kids.
  • It is better to go indoors for express breaks preferably taken in around forty minute time intervals for simply warming up the body to a slight extent.
Winter Tips for temperatures between twenty and thirty degree Fahrenheit
  • Being wary. It is alright for the children to be going outside, however following the winter health & safety pointers just mentioned.
  • Since at these temperatures chilliness can be felt earlier hence taking brief indoors breaks in a time interval of twenty to thirty minutes.
  • It is particularly important that layering of bigger children’s clothing be done as they have a tendency of ditching the coat when sweatiness arises. Hence a single fine chemise beneath would not suffice and they should be wearing more than this.
Winter Tips for temperatures less than twenty degree Fahrenheit

Staying inside the house is advisable in such situations.

Wind-Chill Decrypted
  • Thirty degrees:
    nippy & usually not comfortable.
  • Fifteen to thirty degrees:
  • Zero to fifteen degrees:
    quite chilly.
  • Minus twenty degrees to zero degrees:
    biting cold and a considerable risk for developing frostbites.
  • Minus sixty degrees to minus twenty degrees:
    extremely chilly, likelihood of suffering frostbites.
  • Minus sixty degrees:
    frosty – skin following exposure would ice up within a minute’s time.
Age-Appropriate Fun Winter Activities

Two year old Children

Parents ski with the child placed in-between the legs while zooming down placid slopes. Spreading the ski gear at a distance would help in fitting the kid in-between these & crouching down to a slight extent while placing hands underneath the underarms of the child for supporting him.

Three year old Children

Parents could sledge with their kids but always ensuring that he/she is seated face forwards & not be laid on the tummy – a smaller child has a bigger head that increased their susceptibility to developing some injury in the neck. Also parents must select slopes having steady inclines & troubleshooting the course properly prior to start off for avoiding any collision with others sledging, trees or vehicles.

Four to six year old Children

Kids at this age have greater balance and co-ordination & with greater capability to learn the fundamental method of solo-skiing. Lessons on bunny slopes in skiing centers would be a nice way to get the kid started odd. For kids planning to ski on their own, parents could place a hula-hoop about the kid’s waistline, holding it from behind & then skiing slightly behind the child while he/she starts to ski (spreading the ski gear on both sides & leaving him space in-between them). No sooner has the child gained greater confidence then start the use of ski harnesses which are available with cables on both sides so that the kid could be turned to a slight extent & would not be able to go over fifteen feet ahead of you. Expert opinion is that kids should not be ideally using ski pole when they are learners. Rather, notifying the kid for keeping hands on the knee area to aid in even weight distribution in the appropriate manner.

Kids of this age could even be taught to ice skate and during one’s foremost excursion, selecting public skating sessions in locally placed rinks – preferably in non-peak hours & renting a set of skates for the kid. Ice skates selection must be a ½ size small in comparison to the child’s shoes size as the fitting needs to be comfy yet supporting. Start off by a basic walks about the ground on skates and then walking on ice with hands on the rails for getting a sense of balancing. When the kid gains greater confidence then taking his hands & helping him slither till he shows readiness for trying independently. In case the child seems to enjoy the sport then group-sessions would assist him in increasing his capability.

Winter Health & Safety Pointers for Kids – Part II

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