With Christmas fast approaching and a cold chill in the air, the winter season is nearly upon us. It’s important to want to keep your children happy and healthy no matter what season we are in. But your child will need that bit more attention from you as the temperature starts to drop. Not only can the weather affect them, but they can also pick up nasty coughs and colds. Here are some great tips to help ensure your child is happy and protected from everything winter will have to throw at us.

Be prepared

Winter is an unpredictable season, and it can differ from year to year. We never know what kind of weather we are going to experience, so it’s best to plan for any eventuality. It’s best to get yourself organised sooner rather than later. Have you got pushchair rain covers to protect your children from the rain, wind and snow? Is your bathroom cabinet stocked with child-friendly cold medication? These are just some of the things you should consider sorting out early. You don’t want to be caught out. Also, stock your kitchen with backup food that your child likes, in case there’s bad snow, and you can’t get to the shops. Simple things such as this will make all the difference and will put your mind at ease.

Buying your child appropriate clothing

Layering, as we all know is vital in colder weather. If you are going out for a walk and it’s particularly cold make sure your children have plenty of layers on. The last thing you want is for your child to get frostbite or hypothermia. Ensure their hands, feet and head are always covered. We lose the most heat out of our heads, so wooly hats and scarves are ideal. It can be easy to choose style over substance when it comes to our child’s clothing. There are stylish and practical options available to choose from. Waterproof coats that have a thick lining to keep them warm are ideal. Remember that scarves and cording on coats can accidentally strangle children, so keep a close eye on this.

Encourage hand washing

Teach your children early on the importance of washing their hands. This simple task can save them from contracting and spreading germs that can cause coughs and colds. Use soap that won’t be harmful to their delicate skin and make it as fun as you can. If they do get poorly this winter, then don’t despair about getting a doctors appointment in a hurry. These days you can speak to a Dr online. However, you may also want to encourage putting their hand over their mouths when they cough, to protect the rest of your family and keeping them home when they show signs of illness

Keeping them hydrated

It’s easy for children to get dehydrated in the winter, as they lost water through their breath. Always take plenty of water with you on trips out to avoid this. You can also try warmer drinks or soup to warm them up and keep them hydrated. Sunscreen is not just for summer. Use this in the winter to protect your child’s skin from the sun and harsh winds. Their skin can get dry and chapped if not, which can be very uncomfortable for them.

Follow these tips and your children will be happy, healthy and protected from the winter weather. Preparation is key, and it’s never too early to get yourself organised.

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