The time of winter can be especially memorable with all the different fun activities. However, one should make sure to be fully equipped to avoid losing all the fun while managing a cold sitting inside a blanket, be it yourself or your child. Hence, we have brought forward this blog to make you completely equipped to protect your little ones from all the complications of the winter season.
Before going over specific areas, let’s understand the general winter tips that are going to reduce the risk of illness during winter significantly
– Encourage children to stay away from people who have flu or a cold.
– Get a flu vaccination every year.
– Delay exposing newborns or early infants to large crowds of people until they are older.
– Instead of drinking water provided by the school, which may become contaminated with germs, especially during the cold and flu season, bring reusable water containers to class.
– Teach the child to wash his/her hands properly.
– Teach your children to cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or, if none are available, the inside of their elbow, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ description of “cough etiquette.”
Dress your child in ample winter clothes
The human body is vulnerable to extreme temperature changes and takes time to adjust to the temperature. hence it becomes very important to protect the body’s temperature. Make sure your child is sufficiently warm. To help gauge if the clothing is enough, ensure they have one more layer of clothing than you. You can also place a hand on their skin. If it feels too hot, remove one layer. One can avoid heat rashes by making sure the temperature is not too hot. Make sure to prioritize shielding the head from the cold, a priority.
Take the help of a humidifier
The humidifier helps to restore the overall moisture present in the room and hence makes sure the skin doesn’t become dry. The central heating systems present in home drawers away the moisture from the rooms and hence make the skin prone to crack due to lack of moisture; hence, using a humidifier to tackle this problem becomes all the way more important.
After spending time outside in the cold, your child may benefit from a nice, warm bath. To assist your baby in relaxing and get ready for bed, we advise giving him a bath every night. Throughout the winter, be sure to keep up your nightly bathing habit, but be sure to use lukewarm – not hot – water. For tiny babies, keep bath sessions brief—as little as five minutes. Hot water and prolonged exposure to the water are some factors that might dry up the skin.
Apply moisturizers to prevent dryness of the skin
All year round, we know how crucial it is to moisturize our skin, and delicate infant skin is no exception. It is more crucial than ever during the winter when central heating, cold air, and wind all battle against the skin’s natural hydration. To keep some of the moisture on your baby’s skin after a bath, pat him dry. After every bath, be careful to apply a moisturizer to your infant. Change your baby’s moisturizer from a cream to a moisturizing ointment at the first indication of any dry skin. The best products for halting skin water loss are ointments, which contain at least 80% oil by composition. A method for making creams feel less harsh is by applying them on the skin that already has some moisture and is not completely dry.
Tackle winter illnesses
Receiving a flu vaccination or washing hands regularly also won’t prevent one from developing additional health issues that cold temperatures might bring on. Hence one needs to tackle the following conditions with care:
Asthma: Asthma attacks are frequently brought on by weather changes and the cold, so it’s crucial to have extra supplies of your wintertime asthma medications in hand, as well as an asthma management strategy in case your child starts coughing or exhibits other symptoms of an asthma attack. It could be a good idea to start an asthma prophylactic medication beforehand if your child’s asthma always becomes worse in the winter.
Chronic Cough: Even though many children experience a cough during the cold and flu season when they become ill, it is adequate to confirm if the condition is just a chronic cough or asthma
Eczema: Children with eczema frequently have red, itchy skin all year round, but the condition can get worse in the winter. If your typical eczema treatment plan isn’t working throughout the winter, consult your physician for advice on how to treat eczema that is difficult to manage, especially if using a topical steroid and moisturizer isn’t controlling your child’s symptoms.
Nosebleeds: When brought on by dry air, nosebleeds can be avoided by daily saline or nasal gel application to your child’s nose. Remember that children might get nosebleeds in addition to colds, sinus infections, or allergies.
Those are the most important tips that you should keep in mind for the most optimum child care during this winter.