Sub zero temperatures blanked the northeastern part of the country, leaving schools closed, businesses with barely any customers and concerns running roughshod among those facing these arctic conditions. The negative temperatures quickly transform into a positive thought process in terms of minimizing exposure, especially for children.
You'll hear plenty of weather related rhetoric suggesting staying home to bundling up to the point that you can barely move your arms, but is there really any iron clad defense to keeping warm when temperatures are well blow zero?
Layering is lauded as an important aspect of staying warm when its cold outside but that could also lead to dehydration, particularly when kids are outside playing. Just because the sun is tucked behind snow clouds or the temperature isn't 90 plus degrees doesn't mean that you don't need plenty of water when you're exerting energy.
A common mistake made by moms and dads is assuming kids won't need hydration in the colder months, when the temperature is a moot point when it comes to expelling energy. It's also important to keep kids' heads, feet and hands covered and layered so the onset of frostbite doesn't occur. It's important to urge kids that if their feet get wet, they should immediately come indoors. Wet feet combined with freezing temperatures spells trouble for hands and feet.
Starting at the top, as in the head, kids should always wear hats when they're out in the cold. You've probably seen at one time or another a shot of an athlete playing sports in the cold without a hat and steam rising from their head. That is a combination of sweat and heat escaping from their heads; wearing a hat will retain roughly half of your body heat.
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