Winter is coming and it’s coming fast! The cold weather can have many impacts on the health of you and your children. Dress your child in appropriate clothing for the weather, especially those in school and daycare!
The cold weather means snow and ice, which can be unsafe for children. Walk and play with caution!
Make sure they are dressed in layers. Sometimes the morning when they are going to school is colder than when they are in class. Ensure they can be dressed comfortably throughout the day
Wear a hat and keep ears covered at all times
Mittens are warmer than gloves – use these instead!
Use a neck warmer instead of a scarf
If your child may have an accident or get wet during outdoor play time, make sure to send them with extra clothes. Wet clothes and cold weather is a recipe to get sick!
Winter in Canada can mean frostbite and hypothermia, which are of serious concern to parents and caregivers.
Layer your children’s clothing – use thermal clothing, undershirts, tracksuits, sweaters and boots
Cover exposed skin – exposed skin can become a victim of frostbite in as little as 30 seconds
Keep moving – try to limit the time spent standing still as moving around provides your body with better circulation.
Blankets and portable seats – sit on a blanket instead of the cold pavement or concrete to reduce the risk of hypothermia
Drink fluids – remain hydrated. It is easy to become dehydrated when the temperature is low
Recognize the signs of hypothermia – confusion, lethargy, weakness, paleness
Recognize the signs of frostbite – pale grey, waxy textured skin in affect area cold to the touch, numbness, localized pain
Be aware of alerts from Environment Canada for extreme cold weather alerts – and stay inside
Enjoy the cold weather safely!
Wear waterproof and windproof outer layers, a hat, and warm mittens
Choose wool or silk inner layers - they hold more body heat than cotton
Change into dry clothing if your clothes get wet - from precipitation, sweat, or self-soiling
Wear several layers of warm, lightweight clothing when shovelling snow
Reschedule activities if there is a severe weather forecast
City of Toronto. (2018). Health and Wellness. Retrieved from https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/