Winter tests parent’s patience. As the winter comes the responsibility of parents increases. There is more mess everywhere, you are doing more laundry and other soaking chores but on the other side, children are living their best life.
With fun activities, winter brings a great risk of sicknesses and parents are the first line of defense against all those threats. As a parent, you should know what winter threats winter brings and how you can prevent these illnesses and keep your children healthy.
What is the threat?
Parents should have basic knowledge about cold weather medical conditions. Before jumping into tips to keep your children healthy during winters, let’s look at what are the risks attached to cold weather. Following are some common cold-weather illnesses, their causes, and symptoms in Pakistan among children:
- Cold and Flu
This is defined as the common infection of the nose and throat and mainly caused by viruses and cannot be treated by antibiotics. The symptoms include blocked or running nose, sore throat, coughing, high temperature, headache, body aching, and mild headache.
- Dry skin
Cold winds can really harm the soft delicate skin of children and babies. The less humidity in the air causes the skin to evaporate water quickly and becomes harsh and painful. The symptoms of dry skin can easily be noticed as the skin loses texture, flakes, and chapped lips.
A medical condition happened due to a sudden drop in body temperature up to a dangerous level. It can occur due to prolonged contact with severe cold water, prolonged exposure to cold wind, and sleeping in a cold house. Symptoms of hypothermia are shivering, cold and pale skin, speech delay, and difficulty in breathing.
Keeping it Warm
Children lose body temperature very easily as their body fats are developing for better isolation. Experts believe that children feel 70% more cold than an adult. When the body loses temperature, organs, and the nervous system stops working normally causing many sicknesses.
Cover children head to toe in warm thin layers of clothing. Experts believe that always dress children in one more layer than an adult and if they feel hot, one layer can be easily removed. Damp and wet clothing should also be immediately removed. While giving showers to babies and children always use prescribed temperature water. For babies, the water temperature for a bath should be somewhere around 37-degree Celsius. Warm bedding is also very important as the temperature decreases at night. Use curtains and sealed windows to keep the house warm. Don’t let children stay outside for a long time in severely cold weather.
Keeping it Clean and Organic
Mostly the diseases of cold weather spread due to viruses. Mostly indoor activities and close contacts with surfaces make it difficult to maintain hygiene. Parents can keep children healthy by making them learn new habits to develop strong hygiene.
Just by teaching your kids cough and sneeze etiquette and hand washing habits, you can prevent many health issues in children. Teach them to use tissue while sneezing and coughing and if not available, then use the inside of the elbow. As experts say, teach children to wash hands for 20 seconds with soap. As a parent, you have the responsibility to keep the mostly interactive surfaces clean and sanitized. Sunshine is the key to good warm vibes in cold winter as it is beneficial for both mental and physical health of children.
Keeping it Nutritious
Children have not yet fully developed their immune system and thus can easily become ill as their body is not able to fight viruses. A healthy diet enriched with nutrients will definitely help your children to stay healthy during winter.
Children’s diet in winter should include vitamin C and E as this helps fighting bacteria and viruses. Citrus fruits and nuts are a great source of vitamins. Soups are great to control body temperature. This may seem odd but staying hydrated keeps children warm, dehydration can cause low body temperature. Being hydrated also makes children active and energetic.
Don’t forget to play
A healthy kid is not just a physically fit body, mental health is also equally important. Learning new things is important to achieve standard development milestones and children learn everything from playing.
Winter at times can limit the outdoor activities but parents should integrate indoor fun activities without compromising children’s creativity. There are very negative impacts of saying “No” and “don’t” to children. Winter activities are super fun for children and parents should involve as it builds a strong relationship and also gives children confidence.
Children are dependent on parents and no parent in the world will ever compromise on their kid’s health. Just a little knowledge about do’s and don’ts will help to keep children healthy during severely cold weather. Always seek professional help from a child specialist near you whenever you are in doubt. There are some conditions that may feel normal or mild but can cause serious unfortunate events.