WINTER STORM TIPS
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following Winter tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
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Preparing for Winter Storms
the hazards of wind chill, which combines the cooling effect of wind
and cold temperature on exposed skin.
your car's gas tank full. This keeps the fuel line from freezing.
to an NOAA Weather Radio, or a portable battery-powered radio (or
television) for updated emergency information.
animals to sheltered areas.
To Do During a Winter Storm
indoors and dress warmly during the storm. Layers of loose-fitting,
lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than one bulky sweater.
to a battery-powered radio or television for updated emergency information.
regularly. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own
the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration.
Children for Winter
babies need to be protected from the elements. Dress them in several
layers of light clothing to keep them warm. Avoid overheating.
rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them
in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same
quilts, pillows, sheepskins and other loose bedding may contribute
to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and should be kept out of an
infant's sleeping environment. Warm footed pajamas are preferred.
a blanket must be used to keep a sleeping infant warm, it should be
tucked in around the crib mattress so the infant's face is less likely
to become covered by bedding.
develops when a child's temperature falls below normal due to exposure
to cold. It often happens when a youngster is playing outdoors in
extremely cold weather without wearing proper clothing.
hypothermia sets in, the child may shiver and become lethargic and
clumsy. His speech may become slurred and his body temperature will
you suspect your child is hypothermic, call 911 at once. Until help
arrives, take the child indoors, remove any wet clothing, and wrap
him in blankets or warm clothes.
Frostbite happens when the skin and outer tissues become frozen.
condition tends to happen on extremities like the fingers, toes, ears,
and nose. They may become pale, gray and blistered. At the same time,
the child may complain that her skin burns or has become numb.
the child indoors, where you should place the frostbitten parts of
her body in warm (not hot) water. Warm washcloths may be applied to
frostbitten nose, ears and lips.
not rub the frozen areas.
a few minutes, dry and cover her with clothing or blankets. Give her
something warm to drink.
the numbness continues for more than a few minutes, call your doctor.
your child suffers from winter nosebleeds, try using a cold air humidifier
in the child's room at night. Saline nose drops may help to keep tissues
moist. If bleeding is severe or recurrent, consult your pediatrician.
pediatricians feel that bathing two or three times a week is enough
for an infant. More frequent baths may dry out the skin, especially
during the winter.
weather does not cause colds or flu. But the viruses that cause colds
and flu tend to be more prevalent in the winter, when children are
in school and are in closer contact with each other. Frequent hand-washing
and teaching your child to sneeze or cough into their elbow and away
from others may help reduce the risk of colds and flu.
between the ages of 6 and 23 months are encouraged to get an influenza
vaccine to reduce their risk of getting the flu.