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Winter Safety for Kids

Steve Wagner

Protecting your little one from injury and harm is your number one priority as a parent, and at Wagner Reese, we applaud the hard work of Indiana parents. It’s especially hard to take extra precautions in this nasty winter weather to bundle and protect those kiddos from the elements, so kudos to you and your hard work!

Have you thought through everything your little ones need to have a safe and happy winter season? Here are a few tips when you are considering the needs of your family during the cold weather:

  • Are you having trouble affording the winter gear you need for your rapidly growing children? Planning ahead can be one of the best options when it comes to saving money in this department. If you can afford to buy coats and gear in the next size up at the end of the cold season, you can get great discounts on everything you will need. If that doesn’t work, Indiana has tons of great consignment stores and sales, as well as places like Goodwill, and even many local charity organizations who work hard to make sure every child has the winter protection they need.
  • Is your little one spending a lot of time outside? Whether it’s for playing in the snow or waiting at a bus stop, waterproofing can go a long way when it comes to protecting your kids from the cold. Make sure they have water-resistant boots, a coat with a hood, and an umbrella if necessary. Staying dry will keep them much warmer.
  • Are you bundling up a baby for nap time? Don’t forget to keep them in snug-fitting pajamas, and avoid loose fitting clothing and extra pillows and blankets. When it is so cold outside, it’s tempting to add lots of extra covers to your little ones, but the risk of suffocation is far too great for little ones, and it’s always better to make their room warmer and keep them in warm clothing rather than give them extra blankets.
  • Are you travelling in the cold weather? If so, remember safe travel tips for your little ones – try to heat up your car in advance, never put a kid in a car seat in a puffy winter coat (try layering them in thin fleece jackets, and take blankets to put on top of them), and carry plenty of snacks, water, and extra supplies in case you get stranded.

The AAP has lots of great tips for additional winter safety, including how to avoid hypothermia, treat frostbite, and keep your kids healthy. If your child has sustained a serious injury in this winter weather, give the child injury attorneys at Wagner Reese a call for assistance. You can reach us at (888) 204-8440.

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