Tips To Keep Kids Warm And Dry In The Cold

May 06 00:00 2001 Print This Article

Here are some cold hard facts when it comes to protecting children in the cold: Cover most parts of the body, keep clothing dry and dress in layers to stay warm.

Experts say playing in the cold and snow can be smooth sledding if you stick to those basic guidelines.

The blustery force of the season can bring with it dangers of hypothermia and frostbite, particularly among boys and girls who may not know when it's time to come inside from the cold.

Consider these other tips to help keep kids warm and dry outside:

  • Children should wear polypropylene long underwear to wick moisture away from the skin. Avoid natural fibers, such as cotton, because they tend to hold moisture close to the skin, which can make one feel colder.

  • An outer layer traps warm body air around the body. Parents should look for a coat that has been treated with a water repellency such as Scotchgard Protector and one that is well-insulated with a synthetic fiber such as Thinsulate insulation. Thinsulate insulation, from 3M, absorbs less than one percent by weight of water, so even if your child's clothing gets wet, he or she can remain warm.

  • Help keep hands and feet dry by spraying their mittens and boots with Scotchgard. Also a drawstring or lacing at the top of the boots can help keep out snow. Some preschoolers have difficulty putting on boots with liners, so many parents prefer well-insulated, lace-up boots with Thinsulate insulation.

  • Children (and adults) should wear a hat outdoors at all times. Seventy percent of heat is lost through the head.

Source: NAPSI

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