Cold Weather Safety Tips For Babies

As a parent you are the best judge of how adequately you should clothe your child and keep him safe during winter. Infants in particular have a greater body surface ratio to body weight and tend to shiver less.They cannot generate heat themselves and need extra protection against the cold.

Most of the heat is lost via the head so it is vital to keep your baby’s head covered in cold weather. Stock up on hats, booties, mittens and thick sweaters and jackets when encountering below freezing temperatures. Wrapping a warm scarf around the baby’s head can keep cold wintry winds at bay. The following tips will keep your baby warm and cosy in cold weather.

Feed the baby

If your baby has to go out give him/her a snack. Food generates heat and will go a long way in keeping the baby warm.

Clothing

Make sure your baby wears several light layers of clothing. They work better than two heavy garments. If the baby gets wet, get him/her indoors and change him/her out of his wet clothes immediately.

Walking Babies

Toddlers and babies who walk, can wear water proof boots replete with socks and leggings as deemed fit.

Over Heating

If you are using the car blower, make sure you remove one or two layers of clothing off the baby so that he/she does not feel too warm or start to sweat. Accordingly modify the temperature.

Moisturizing

Keep the baby’s skin soft, supple and moisturized to prevent his skin from drying out. Protect the lips with a soothing balm to prevent chapping. Don’t worry too much about a running nose. You can’t catch a cold from being cold. The running nose generally subsides when one is indoors.

Frost Bite

Make sure that your baby’s skin and nose doesn’t start to turn white, yellowish or grey.This could possibly be frostbite which can cause serious injuries.You need to warm the affected body parts by quickly getting the child indoors and applying warm but not hot compresses on the affected area.

Avoid direct heat which may cause the affected area to burn. Continue to warm it for half an hour or so. It will soon turn red and start to blister. Get medical attention asap.

Hypothermia

If the baby’s temperature drops suddenly due to extreme cold, he/she may be in the danger of developing hypothermia. In this case get the baby indoors, wrap him/her up in something warm and give him/her a warm drink. Keep him/her close to your body for heat transfer and call the doctor.

Sunburn
A small baby is equally vulnerable to sun burn in extreme cold climates as he would be on a warm tropical beach. Snow tends to absorb 75% of the sun’s rays. Any sun reflecting off snowy landscape can cause your baby’s sun to burn. Make sure you liberally apply loads of sun screen before taking the baby out.

Indoors

Keep the baby warm indoors by covering his cot with flannel blankets which will keep him/her toasty. Get a humidifier installed in your house for dry skin. Make sure that your baby is getting enough fluids to keep him/her hydrated. Make sure the heating is just right. Excessive heat will dry out your baby’s skin.

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