Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Snow play safety tips for parents

The snow continues to fall and many children are having a snow day!  Here are some snow play safety tips from Lisa Schwing, trauma program manager at Dayton Children's.
  • Wet and cold is always bad, so check on kids often and change wet hats and mittens immediately. Wind and water proof clothing is recommended.
  • When sledding, children should always ride feet-first and sled down the middle of the hill. Climb back up the hill on the sides to avoid getting hit by sledders.
  • Use judgment where you sled because some hills have steep drop-offs or other hazards.
  • Wearing a helmet while sledding will prevent head injuries.
  • Don’t let children build forts or bury others in snow because snow can collapse and trap someone.
  • Suspect hypothermia if a child’s temperature drops significantly into the 90s. Treat by warming their core quickly with blankets around the chest, tummy and groin areas. Give them warm fluids if they are alert enough to drink. Don’t vigorously rub extremities.
  • Signs of frostbite include tingling, numb or painful fingers, toes or ears.