Staying Safe in the Snow
Children’s eyes light up when snowflakes start coming down, and they can hardly contain their excitement at the thoughts of sledding, building a snowman, and making snow angels. However, the cold weather and wet snow mean parents have to take precautions to keep little ones safe. The next time you wake up to a winter wonderland, be sure to follow these snow safety tips.
Keeping warm and dry is the key to avoiding frostbite, which if severe, can result in long-term numbness and even tissue damage. Hands, feet, the nose, ears, and cheeks are most susceptible to frostbite.
- Use waterproof gloves or mittens and boots. Avoid cotton socks since they are more likely to leave feet damp after sweating.
- Bring kids in for periodic breaks from the snowy fun, and be sure they have dry socks, gloves, boots, and clothing to put on before going back out.
- The first signs of frostbite are tingling or numbness. Let children know if they feel any tingling, numbness, or pain, to come inside immediately.
- If your child does have numb areas, warm them up with warm (not hot) water.
Scout Out Safe Sledding
With more than 20,000 children per year ending up in the Emergency Room due to sledding accidents, it’s important to make sure you find a safe sledding spot.
- Make sure the area is free of cars, rocks, posts, or trees.
- Don’t sled after dark, when it’s hard to see the path and other sledders.
- Avoid snow tubes, which are harder for others to see and can present a safety hazard when trying to get on and off.
Break Out Suntan Lotion
Sun protection isn’t just for summer. The snow can reflect 80 percent of UV rays according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
- Apply sunscreen to any exposed areas, including the face.
- Use a sun protection lip balm.
- The sun can also be hard on eyes, so wear sunglasses or goggles with sun protection for snow sports.
Staying Safe & Healthy Year Around
LeBauer family practice doctors can help your children stay safe and healthy all year. Our team equips parents with health and safety tips during office visits. We’re here to care for acute illnesses, provide regular checkups, administer vaccines, and more.
Schedule an appointment online with LeBauer primary care today. We have offices in 7 convenient locations, including Burlington, Summerfield (coming soon), Oak Ridge, Whitsett, Greensboro, and High Point.