The Practicing Parent: It's best to bundle up
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:17:03 GMT —
It's cold out and Practicing Parents, the next time we have a snowfall the kids are probably going to want to go play in it. But if our children aren't dressed properly, it can create a dangerous situation.
Frostbite happens when the skin and outer tissues become frozen and the Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping your child's fingers, toes and ears covered. Doctors say parts that are most at-risk are fingers and ears and the tips of the nose and toes.
Also keep your child's gloves, hat and boots dry in the cold because those wet hands and feet can also lead to frostbite.
Thick socks and waterproof boots are a must and if you have a choice between gloves and mittens, doctors say to go with the mittens. The heat of the hand can be trapped inside them.
A scarf is also necessity, but according to Cleveland Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Deb Lonzer, it doesn't necessarily go around the neck.
"A scarf should be wrapped around the face to cover the nose and you should have the scarf over your ears, a hat over your ears, earmuffs over your ears, something to cover your ears, so all of those parts need to be covered," Dr. Lonzer said.
You also need to make sure you're covered when it comes to sickness. Since it is cold outside, many of us Practicing Parents are sticking indoors, and that's when germs spread.
Doctors say flu season is peaking early and according to the Centers for Disease Control, it's already up 150% in some parts of the country compared to last year.
Doctors say a majority of the cases being seen this year are Type-A, which typically cause a sore throat, aches, pains and fever. They say your best defense is vaccination.