Eva Alessia, D.O.

Eva Alessia, D.O.

Although winter officially begins today, it currently isn’t feeling very much like winter (though I am not complaining!. But, being Illinois, our weather can go from 60 to 0 at the drop of a hat. So, in preparation for the inevitable cold, here are some winter weather tips to help you safely enjoy the snowy outdoors:

  • Dress in breathable layers. Sweating makes one more likely to get chilled.
  • Make sure gloves and socks are dry.
  • Wear a hat.
  • If skin is pale, red or numb, or if your child is shivering, change into dry/warm clothes and run warm (not hot) water on affected skin. Do not rub the skin.

If you are going sledding:

Young Girl With Grandmother And Mother Holding Sledge In Garden

  • Make sure the area is clear of trees, stumps, holes and fences; some of these may be buried under the snow.
  • Face forward and sit up, its easier to steer this way.
  • Do not sled by ponds, parking lots or roads.

If you are going ice skating:

  • Skate only on specially prepared areas where the ice can bear your child’s weight.
  • Check for cracks, holes and debris.
  • Never skate alone.

Enjoy this time of the year!