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Top 5 Winter Safety Tips for Kids


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Winter-proof a Child's Skin
He got those medals for remembering the sunscreen.
He got those medals for remembering the sunscreen.
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Children have soft, tender skin, and that soft skin's mortal enemy is winter weather. There are an array of painful problems that can result without proper care. First up: dryness. Not only will cold air dry out skin, so too will the heat blasting indoors. To fight against breakouts of eczema and other dry skin conditions, slather a heavy moisturizer or petroleum jelly on your child. You may want to consider putting a humidifier in a child's room, particularly if he or she is susceptible to winter nosebleeds. And here's one thing your kid will probably love -- in the winter, kids should bathe only every few days, as frequent hot baths will further dry out skin. While your kids can spend less time in the shower, remember them that they still have to wash their hands religiously; it's cold and flu season, after all.

Even though it's winter, you still need to put sunscreen on your kids before they go out to play. That reflection off the fallen snow can burn skin just as easily as a blazing sun. And after children have been playing in the snow, check their skin for possible signs of frostbite. Frostbite, which destroys skin tissue, occurs when the skin turns a light, gray color; the body part in question may also be numb. To treat a mild case, apply something warm to the area. Don't use something extremely hot; even lukewarm water will heat the area adequately. If the frostbitten area doesn't respond, then the child may need medical attention.


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