You may tend to ease up on applying sunscreen on your child’s face and limbs now that cold weather has arrived and they won't necessarily be basking in the sunshine. But here's the thing: they absolutely need sun protection during the winter.
UVA rays are present year round, and can penetrate clouds and glass even in the winters. UVA damages deeper skin layers, resulting in premature aging and increased risk of skin cancer. Hence it’s extremely important to protect your children against UVA rays. Beyond the signs of skin damage seen in children immediately are the latent effects observed later in adulthood. Childhood is believed to be a susceptible window for long-term harmful effects of UV, as evidenced by clear differences in skin cancer risk between child and adult migrants from high to low latitudes. To prevent immediate and long-term effects on children's skin - effective protection right from childhood is imperative.
Oft overlooked appendages need some winter TLC too! The dry winter air and cold temperatures are hard on feet. One’s feet react strongly to cold temperatures. Exposure to cold results in our bodies redirecting blood flow to internal organs and away from the feet. Since our feet are the sweatiest and at the same time, the coldest parts of our bodies, this means that keeping them warm and dry during cold weather is particularly challenging. Parental care given with the best of intentions can easily lead to an child’s feet becoming too warm, which can lead to fussiness.Your child can fall sick if their feed become too warm, on the other hand. In rare cases, foot temperature can increase or drop to such an extreme that it could lead to permanent foot disorders, disfiguration or even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). House slippers that are made with materials like wool and shearling will keep your child warm and comfortable.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a statement saying that the smog season in northern India would last for the majority of the winter season, which meant more opportunity for cold and stagnant air to fill with pollution. This has turned major cities into snow globes dangerous to live in. Cities in Northern India have been rendered unhealthy to be outdoors in, due to widespread smog caused by combustion of fuels and crop burning.
Amazon India and Dettol have launched an N95 anti-pollution air mask that will protect your child from haze, dust, pollen in these cities. It is has an adjustable nose that fits the face and is airtight. It has 4 layers of protection and filteration. A smart valve is fitted on the inside. This provides an outflow of exhaled air which makes it comfortable to wear. It comes in 3 sizes, so it is suitable for your young one to wear.
Several tiny blood vessels exist in the inside of one’s nose that allow it to detect smells, tastes and sensations. Nosebleeds are caused when these vessels get irritated, which can happen easily. Winter’s cold temperatures and dry air increase the likelihood of getting a nose bleed. 'Cold winter air can be drying and irritating to the nose, and so can forms of indoor heat, such as forced air and fireplaces. Blood flow from the nose can range from a few drops to a real gusher,' explains Dr. James Stankiewicz, chair of the otolaryngology department at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. Fortunately, although nosebleeds in your child can seem dramatic and dangerous, they’re not usually serious and can be tamed using saline drops.