Hot Topics     Home and Family     Healthy Kids    

Winter safety tips for kids



Mittens are just the beginning

Winter safety tips for kids


With winter upon us, kids still need to get outside. And according to experts, outdoor play remains the safest play. How to do it all safely?

Beth Turner at Parents.com has some helpful tips, some tried-and-true, some newfangled.  In short: layering, skincare, and hydration. These are the key three.

The age of fleece, polypropylene, and other synthetic fabrics has brought layering to a whole new level. It was not that long ago (m childhood and young adulthood) that cotton, flannel, and wool – all of which retain moisture – were the main options. Synthetic fabrics are perfect for a snug base layer over which to layer organic fabrics, over which another moisture wicking fabric is best. Socks, waterproof mittens, and especially an ear-covering hat  – also critical.

READ MORE: s-NO-w Day

Turner is adamant about protecting your child’s skin. She advises baths – in which more H2O is absorbed – moisturizers, lip balms, a humidifier and sunscreen. She has some innovative ideas regarding ever-important hydration, like herbal teas, drinkable yogurt, soups, and hot chocolate.

I have personally watched in awe as children play in the cold without proper clothing, and they seem fine, joyous even. I’m talking no coat, no hat, no hand covering, sometimes no socks. In the snow, laughing, red-cheeked. Adorable. Therein is the double edged sword of play – a child can become so engrossed, they can get hypothermia or frostbite without knowing it.

If you’re the one on watch, Turner advises: “Give them a ten-minute warning if they develop rosy cheeks, a runny nose, or complaints of cold fingers or toes. Also bring them inside soon if their hands and feet are clearly wet. Once they’re out of the cold, remove wet clothing. Have them move about and drink a hot beverage to raise their body temperature.”

A little mindful parenting regarding winter play can go a long way to preventing any mishaps or undue discomfort.



Other articles by HVP News Reporters


  • Guilt-free, superfruit snacking

    Sweet treats made to permissibly indulge

    For many, enjoying a small indulgence can serve as a reward for a job well done or a mood-boosting pick-me-up. In fact, mindful snacking is on-trend for a majority of consumers. read more »
  • Getting healthier starts wth your feet

    Start your wellness goals from the ground up

    Good foot and ankle health is critical for good overall health, so no matter what your wellness goals are, be sure to start from the ground up. read more »
  • Dangerous heart conditions often go undetected in pregnant and postpartum women

    A torn ACL revealed an undiagnosed heart defect

    National Jewish Health experts advocate for screenings to detect heart conditions that may develop in otherwise healthy women read more »
  • Bald Eagle viewing in winter

    Watching them can offer an exhilarating and memorable experience

    Winter is a great time to view bald eagles in New York State. Viewing from a safe distance and at established observation sites can offer an exhilarating and memorable experience. read more »
  • Yes, you can raise healthy, smart, kind kids in a screen-saturated world

    "The Mediatrician" helps guide parents on Safer Internet Day

    Raising children in a screen-saturated world elicits fear, hope, and questions from parents, educators, and healthcare providers. The best thing to happen this year on “Safer Internet Day,” is the launch of “The Mediatrician's Guide”, developed to deliver those critical answers. read more »
  • Looking for a new career?

    Become a financial planner

    Becoming a financial planner offers both financial rewards and the chance to help others. Whether you’re a recent graduate exploring your career path or a mid-career professional seeking change, this growing profession may be the right fit for you. read more »
  • How to prep the night before the SAT or ACT exam

    Calm your nerves and enter the testing site with confidence

    Taking the SAT or ACT exam is the culmination of months of test-specific preparation, and in truth, years of schooling. While knowing that can feel like a lot of pressure, there are steps you can take the night before the exam to calm your nerves and enter the testing site with confidence: read more »
  • 7 Valentine's Day date ideas to break from the norm

    Think outside the box this year

    If you’re feeling pressure to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day date, it may be time to veer away from tradition. While flowers, chocolates and dinner for two is a classic, thinking outside the box can make for just as romantic of an experience. read more »
  • Helping infants, toddlers and families thrive

    The child tax credit is a critical policy vehicle

    A bipartisan package that recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, would expand the child tax credit (CTC). As the Senate decides whether to follow suit, advocates press that the CTC is a critical policy vehicle to help all infants, toddlers and their families thrive, and it should be implemented as soon as possible. read more »
  • What to look for when you need a law firm

    Savvy advice from Best Lawyers

    Let’s face it, no person or business gets a thrill out of hiring a law firm. Fortunately, peer-reviewed rankings have simplified the process. read more »