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Cold Weather Safety

Cold Weather Safety

This week I would like to talk to you about child safety during this brutal “cold snap” that’s happening through most of Canada, and how to keep our young one’s safe. Although my family is on the West Coast now, we came from Banff and Calgary, so we do know what you folks in the East have been experiencing.

This weeks tip goes out to the young parents who may be bundling up their kids for the first time in minus 30c, or worse. I’d like to share a few tips with you, and let you know your not the first parent who has spent twenty minutes dressing your toddler only to hear those horrific words “I have to go to the bathroom”. Even though you asked them if they had to go, 5 minutes before you started the whole process.

Spring will be here soon, but until then remember the following:

Signs of Frostbite

  • *cold skin
  • *pale, gray or white patches on their skin
  • *numbness, tingling, swelling and pain
  • *these are all signs to get inside immediately, and remember infants can’t tell how cold they are, use common sense

Treating Frostbite

  • re-warm the skin slowly with body heat, cover ears, toes and fingers with warm hands, or place on warm body parts like the underarms or stomach
  • DO NOT rub or massage the skin, and DO NOT use heating pads, hot water bottles or warm water to re-warm the skin
  • if necessary, seek medical treatment immediately Hypothermia occurs when the body’s temperature drops too low.

Signs of Hypothermia

  • confusion, uncontrollable shivering
  • feeling tired and weak, numbness of hands and feet Treating Hypothermia
  • wrap the child loosely in blankets, including their head and neck
  • give the child warm sweet fluids to drink
  • cuddle the child to keep them warm
  • if necessary, seek immediate medical attention

Other Safety Tips

  • keep children inside if the temperature is below minus 25c, or when the wind chill is minus 28c or colder, give them a book to read
  • make sure children always wear a hat that fully covers their ears
  • use neck warmers instead of scarves and keep the children active
  • take frequent breaks inside for warm drinks
  • cover the skin with layers of clothing, thermal underwear, undershirts, sweaters, two pairs of socks and mittens if necessary
  • always remove children’s wet clothing and boots immediately
  • NEVER send out your child with wet boots, mittens or other articles of clothing, no matter how badly they want to go out.