Tips for Keeping Your Children Safe and Prepared for Winter
Children are super sensitive to the cold, and sometimes they don’t even show it. Adjusting your routine to suit the colder weather including diet, clothing, and safety will go a long way to ensure a warm and safe winter for your kids.
Winter also coincides with the holidays, a time in which we venture out more, possibly travel, have visitors, and participate in winter activities. Providing us with more reasons to have a winter safety plan in place. Today we share our trusted winter safety tips to make your winter safe, extra cozy, and memorable for all the right reasons.
Winter brings with it nasty bugs and the flu, so it’s a great idea to discuss with your children the best practices for staying hygienic in winter. Covering your mouth to cough and wash your hands with soap and water are some of the things you may want to discuss, practice, and most importantly lead by example.
If it aligns with your family’s values, you may also want to book a flu vaccine with your local general practitioner as an added protection against the nasty winter flu.
Practice Fire Safety
Winters are cold and if you’re blessed to have a fireplace or visit an accommodation or family member’s house who has one, it’s so important to play it safe. Place a safety barrier or gate in front of the fire for smaller children and discourage all children from going too close or playing with the fire.
This is also the perfect time to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home to make sure they’re in perfect working condition.
Use Essential Oils to Create Home Remedies
Essential oils are a natural alternative to store-bought remedies for preventative care during the cold winter season. Please do your research or visit a natural health practitioner to discuss which essential oils are safe and at what doses for your children.
Just because essential oils are natural doesn’t always make them safe. They are highly concentrated plant and fruit extracts that can be toxic or harmful if precaution is not exercised.
Here are some of the safest essential oils that can be used during the colder months:
- Tea tree oil: antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal.
- Lavender: this essential oil is great for restless children who need a little help settling down at night.
- Lemon: great for congestion and coughs. It also helps to boost the immune system.
- Chamomile: combine with lavender for a calming and restful night’s sleep.
- Peppermint: helps settle upset stomachs, indigestion, and clears congested nasal passages.
- Thieves: an immune-boosting essential oil to help ward off any nasty infections.
The dosage for children differs greatly from that of adults. Typically 1 -2 drops is plenty for children, diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond or coconut oil. According to doTERRA, the typical dilution for essential oils is 3 drops of carrier oil per one drop of essential oil.
Eat Seasonal Produce That is High in Nutrients
Our bodies reap the most nutritional benefits from produce that is in season. And just as certain produce only grows at certain times of the year, such as winter, our bodies too require particular foods according to the season.
Warming soups, full of plenty of root vegetables will provide your children’s bodies with the warmth and goodness they desire. Our bodies increase the pressure of blood flow throughout the body to keep it warm throughout the winter months.
This causes our kidneys to filter more blood which in turn converts to urine, resulting in more frequent urination. Ensure your child is well hydrated during the winter months and where possible, with warming drinks.
Sun Safety in Winter
Common myth: the sun in winter isn’t damaging. The UV rays from the winter sun can be damaging, and reflective surfaces such as dense snow can reflect the sun and damage sensitive young skin. Continue using sunscreen all year round to protect your child’s sensitive skin.
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget that our little ones need extra layers of clothing to keep warm their sensitive little bodies. Always dress babies and small children with an extra layer than you would an adult, and all the extra winter gear too. That includes gloves, scarfs, beanies, and earmuffs where applicable, but especially when outside in the snow.
We hope our winter safety tips afford you and your children a cozy winter full of safe and enjoyable memories.