HEALTHY LIVING  |1.22.18  |  by Julie Rhodins

Photo Courtesy: Akron Children’s Hospital YouTube Channel

Making a snowman or snow sledding!  These are the fun times that childhood is made of.  But, you want to stay warm and safe.  Here are some easy winter safety tips for kids that take all of a few steps to make the enjoyment last.  After all, we want to see those smiles!!

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Dress Kids In Layers

We love the simple advice in this video from Akron Children’s Hospital — dress your children in layers.  It’s fun to play outdoors and super healthy for the exercise and sunshine.  But, the advice is that if you’re comfortable in the layers you have on, add another layer for the children — and then you’re good to go!!


Keep Everyone Hydrated

Most of us think about staying warm in the winter outdoor cold.  But we often don’t think of hydration.

Says McKay Gorse at Patient First

Don’t think that you lose as much water during the winter? Take a look at your breath when you walk outside on a cold day. All of that steam is water vapor escaping your body with each breath.

Bundling up this time of year can also make us sweat more than usual when it’s time to get active. Since we dress in layers with turtlenecks and sweaters, our bodies work harder (by sweating) to cool us down. Shoveling snow, skiing, ice-skating, sledding or even building a snowman can be just as strenuous as summer activities. We work up a healthy sweat, and all of that lost water must be replaced.

So make sure your kids are taking breaks to drink fluids.  And it may be more enticing to offer them hot cocoa (we like the homemade kind so you can control the ingredients and amount of sugar — here’s one recipe here) or warm apple cider.  You can use a Thermos (they last forever!!) to keep the beverage warm, if you’re on location.


Wear Helmets For Snow Sports

If you’re the snowboarding or snow skiing family, make sure your kids wear helmets.  And even if you’re going sledding, it’s a good idea.