With snow days, outdoor ice skating and snowball fights, winter can be one of the most enjoyable times of the year for children. Winter is also a popular time of year to go skiing, snowboarding and sledding. And while it’s great for kids to get outdoors and play during the cold months, there are specific precautions that should be taken to avoid a trip to the emergency room.
- Dress Appropriately: This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s important that your children are properly covered before stepping outside. Wool is one of the most effective fabrics during winter. Also, waterproof pants and jackets are ideal top layers as they prevent wetness. Warm socks and boots are also key to keeping feet dry.
- Practice Sports Safety: When it comes to winter sports, helmets are essential. For children on a snowmobile, playing ice hockey, snowboarding or skiing, wearing protective gear such as a helmet can prevent serious head injuries.
- Track the Temperature: Children should never be allowed to play outdoors once the temperature falls below -17 degrees Fahrenheit or when the wind chill is -18.4 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
- Walk Carefully: When walking in snow or on ice, children should wear shoes or boots that will grip appropriately. Tell them to keep their hands out of their pockets in case they begin to slip and need their arms for balance. Before walking on potentially slick areas, test them out by tapping your foot on the space. Lastly, make sure your child takes small, shuffled steps when walking on slick surfaces.
By following a few helpful tips, your child can enjoy the wintertime injury free. In the case that your child does suffer an injury, visit Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. Designed exclusively to meet the needs of children, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent provides quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.