Brrr… Winter Has Arrived!

1-22-2016 10-04-07 AMChristmas Eve, I was all dressed up with short sleeves, capri pants and sun glasses. This definitely was not typical weather for us, but now winter has finally decided to arrive! Pull out the long johns, sweaters, boots, and hats!

As winter sets in, it brings with it low temperatures, snow, ice, and lots of unwanted health issues. Let’s take a moment to ensure your loved ones are prepared to be safe and healthy!

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Remember little children have no clue about the weather, so it is up to us to keep them warm and to prevent as much as possible those dreadful colds and ear infections. Extra attention is needed because they are less likely to recognize when they are cold. They are also more likely to lose their body heat quicker because of their smaller sizes. As parents, teachers, grandparents and guardians, remember these tips to keep them healthy during our winter months:

1. Hand washing, hand washing, hand washing! Cold and flu viruses are not only airborne, but live on surfaces as well. Washing your hands is the single most effective way of decreasing your risk of infection!
2. Think layers. Dress infants and children warmly. Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Don’t forget warm boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat.
3. Beware of clothing hazards. Scarves and hood strings can strangle smaller children, so use other clothing to keep them warm.
4. Increase immune boosting foods and drinks. Immune boosting foods and drinks keep the body well-nourished so when viruses do strike, the immune system has fuel to work efficiently. Immune boosting foods include things such as garlic, ginger, fresh green juices, and foods packed full of vitamin C (like cut orange slices) are a great addition to your weekly meal planning.
5. Keep them hydrated. In drier winter air, kids lose more water through their breath. Keep them drinking and try giving them warm drinks.
6. Limit outdoor activities. Kids are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia, so have them come inside to warm up at regular intervals.
7. Watch for danger signs. Signs of hypothermia are shivering, slurred speech, and unusual clumsiness. If you think your child has hypothermia call 9-1-1 immediately.
8. Install alarms. More household fires happen during the winter than any other time of year, so make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home. If your home already has these alarms, test to make sure they are working properly.

Until Next Time, Be sincere, Kind and Intentional
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