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: This will be the winter of outside play

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


  • Simple tips for mindful eating

    How to incorporate foods your family loves

    Mindful eating doesn’t have to be restrictive and you don’t have to give up your favorite foods. read more »
  • Safe entertaining tips in a COVID-19 world

    Precautions to protect your physical health and your guests

    After an extended period without social contact, it’s only natural to crave some interaction, and there’s evidence that doing so can be advantageous for your mental health. However, taking precautions to protect your physical health, along with your guests’, can make for a more enjoyable event. read more »
  • Keeping pets safe in the garden

    Hazards that can impact the well-being of your furry friends

    If you have pets that enjoy spending time outdoors, it’s important to make sure your yard is a safe place for them to be. read more »
  • How to raise kind and caring children

    3 tips from experts

    At some point, many parents will likely find themselves encouraging their children to “be kind” or “be friendly.” read more »
  • Safety tips for a safe 4th of July

    Celebrate safely and use extreme caution with fireworks and family gatherings

    The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) reminds New Yorkers to keep safe while celebrating Independence Day. As we celebrate this annual tradition with festivities ranging from fireworks, picnics, parades, family gatherings and barbecues, let’s also remember basic safety tips that apply to everyone. read more »
  • What women need to know about stroke risks

    Women face unique risk factors for stroke throughout their lifetime

    It may not be widely known that women face unique risk factors for stroke throughout their lifetime. Things like pregnancy, preeclampsia and chronic stress can increase the risk for high blood pressure, a leading cause of stroke. read more »
  • The mental health crisis of moms: What you need to know

    The mental health of American moms is going largely unattended

    A new survey reveals that the mental health of American moms is going largely unattended, with many living under a near-constant state of stress and few seeking support to ease the burden. read more »
  • 5 ways to get kids excited about STEM learning

    The country needs more good scientists

    The events of the past couple of years have shown how important scientists are to making the world a better and safer place. read more »
  • How to make an impact through volunteering and civic engagement

    Be a force for good

    If you’re like many people right now, you’re feeling a particular sense of urgency to roll up your sleeves and be a force for good. read more »
  • Weeklong FAIR Film Festival 2022

    The Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR) Hosts a Film Screening Plus Q&A

    The Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR) will kick off the FAIR Film Festival 2022 with an in-person screening of the documentary film I Am A Victor plus a selection of short films on Sunday, June 12 at 1:00pm EDT at Caveat on the lower east side in Manhattan. read more »