Keeping babies and toddlers safe from old man winter.
When it comes to the cold, most of us know when we’ve had too much, but for young children and babies, it’s hard to know if they are getting a touch of frostbite or hypothermia simply because they can’t speak up. Which is why parents need to take a few extra precautions to keep babies and toddlers safe from old man winter explains emergency room pediatrician with the Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Bruce Minnes. “With small babies, of course we would want to be a lot more careful. A short walk outside on a very cold winter day can be very nice but they should be bundled up well, and exposed skin surfaces should be covered and protected. Things that are around the baby such as the carriage or carrier also help to keep the wind off of the child’s face. Paying close attention to the child’s skin is also very important. If you start seeing areas that are white or very pale, which would suggest decreased blood flow to that area, and this would be a sign to get the child inside.”
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