Keeping children safe from the cold involves more than bundling them up to play outside in the snow. The American Academy of Pediatrics also has advice for nighttime sleeping and car rides.
The organization offers the following tips for making sure children stay safe and warm when temperatures drop:
- Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities.Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Don't forget boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat.
- The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.
- When riding in the car, babies and children should wear thin, snug layers rather than bulky coats or snowsuits that interfere with buckling them in safely
- Blankets, quilts, pillows, bumpers and other loose bedding should be kept out of an infant's crib because they are associated with suffocation and may contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It is better to use nighttime clothing such as one-piece sleepers or wearable blankets.
- If a blanket must be used to keep a sleeping infant warm, it should be thin and tucked under the crib mattress, reaching only as far as the baby's chest, so his or her face is less likely to become covered.