Winter Safety Tips

Here a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help keep your family safe in the wintertime.
• Dress your child in several thin base layers to keep them warm and dry. Toddlers and young children should wear one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same weather.
• If your child gets nosebleeds in the winter, use a cold air humidifier in their bedroom at night. Make sure the humidifier is clean and free of mold.
• 80% of flu cases happen between January and March. To help keep your child safe from the flu and other viruses, teach them to wash their hands often, avoid contact with sick people, and sneeze and cough into their elbow instead of their hands. Children who are 6 months or older should get the flu vaccine.
• Household fires happen more often in the winter. Practice fire safety by installing smoke alarms on each floor of your house and testing them every month. Turn off space heaters when you are sleeping. Keep heaters at least 3 feet away from things that could burn.

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