Bundle Up!

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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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

References

City of Toronto. (2018). Health and Wellness. Retrieved from https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/