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Health Resource Spotlight: Brrr…

January 16, 2018

The Problem:

Much of the country has been struck this season by record low temperatures and never-before-seen snowfalls. How do we keep young children safe and warm through it all?

One Solution:

Three pages of helpful Cold Weather Safety tips from the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW).

The tips fall into five categories:

  • Sleeping Safely in Any Season
  • Bundle Up!
  • Keeping Healthy Outdoors
  • Staying Safe Indoors and in Vehicles
  • Infection Control

Some may already be familiar, like: Dress children in layers of warm clothing. If the top layer gets wet, they still have a dry later underneath.

Others, like this one, may be new to you: Car seats and winter coats don’t mix. Bulky coats can compress in a crash and create a loose car set harness. Instead, lay the jacket or a blanket over children once you’ve safely strapped them into their car seat.

You can find the Cold Weather Safety document on the NCECHW portal of the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center.


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Topics: Parenting, Health & Safety

Written by Laurie Rackas

Laurie Rackas is the Content Developer on CCAoA's Marketing & Communications team. She is a writer, editor and video producer who specializes in writing for and about children. For her work, she's been awarded six Emmys and a PBS Advertising & Promotion Award, among others.