Very few children complain about the cold when they go out to play in the snow as they are usually distracted and do not even notice that the temperature drops. Precisely for this reason, it is important that you warm them well since otherwise they may catch a cold. In fact, you should keep in mind that hypothermia is more common in children as their body’s ability to regulate temperature has not yet fully developed. This means that when it is cold, children’s bodies cannot generate enough heat.
Ask him to let you know when he gets wet
One of the main problems with playing in the snow is that the child almost always ends up wet. Therefore, it is important that you explain to him that he must warn you when he gets wet to stop the game and change. In any case, remember that young children, under 4 years old, do not usually have the muscular strength and coordination to walk well on the snow, so it is recommended that you wait until they are older to practice any winter sport or go on an excursion.
Dress him in several layers
The best way to protect yourself from the cold is to dress in layers. In fact, if we only used a very insulating coat, when the temperature rises we could be in trouble. Therefore, it is recommended that the child wear several layers of clothing, which can be removed and put on depending on the conditions and which provide the best insulation but at the same time help to maintain a comfortable body temperature.
Undergarments must be cotton
Cotton is not only softer to the touch and reduces chafing but also promotes perspiration. In fact, you should keep in mind that with so many layers of clothing, it is normal for the child to sweat when playing. If the fabric is not breathable, the sweat will end up sticking to the body and creating the sensation of cold and humidity, which promotes hypothermia and colds. Therefore, it is advisable that you choose a light long-sleeved T-shirt and thermal and breathable socks.
Bet on fine sweaters
Keep in mind that the most important thing is that the child feels comfortable and has freedom of movement, which is why too thick wool jumpers are usually uncomfortable and make them sweat. Therefore, it is better to bet on thinner sweaters, preferably with a high neck so that they protect the throat without having to resort to the scarf since it usually ends in the snow, soaked in water.
Always with a coat and waterproof pants
To protect the child from humidity and snow, ideally the coat and pants are padded and waterproof. The pants must be tight to the ankle, so that the water does not enter, and it is better to bet on an anorak that has internal layers of fabrics that insulate from moisture.
Never without the hats and mittens
If it is very cold, the ideal are fleece hats, which also cover part of the neck and ears. Also, make sure that the child wears mittens, preferably waterproof since otherwise they will end up soaked. In fact, mittens are more comfortable than gloves because they have fewer seams, which also limits moisture.
Boots must have an internal lining
Although most people use wellies, the truth is that since these have a plastic sole, the cold passes through them quickly. Therefore, to keep the child protected, it is recommended that they wear boots with a thicker sole and with an internal lining that keeps them warm.