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When your child refuses to wear a hat or mittens outside on a cold and windy day, then complains that they are cold, you can simply point out how those items would of helped (then produce the ones that you secretly stashed in your bag). If they refuse cold weather protection again, you can gently remind them of what happened last time. Check out our show and don’t tell post. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your family and friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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Be aware. Ears, nose, fingers, and toes are the most vulnerable to frostbite. This can occur with prolonged exposure to temperatures below freezing. Some symptoms include aches in the extremities or white or waxy appearance of the skin. It can also have a feeling of hardness. Use warm water (not hot) to slowly raise the temperature of the skin before seeking medical treatment.

Watch the weather. Even being outside for a short time in very cold temperatures can put you at risk. Before planning any outdoor activity, check your forecast. If you are going to be out in a remote area, take extra supplies such as a change of clothes, water, a blanket, and your cell phone. Let other people know what your plans are.

Dress right. Loose fitting warm layers are best for preventing frostbite. Choose wool or high tech fabrics. Avoid using cotton, which does not retain heat very well. Thick socks and insulated boots are a must, along with hats, scarves, and mittens or gloves. Have an extra pair of dry mittens or gloves available to swap out if the first pair gets wet. Be sure to offer your child a snack before he/she goes out for a boost of energy which will warm them up a bit.

Stay dry. Your core loses heat when wet. No matter the temperature, bring your child inside immediately if any water soaks through their pants, coat, or boots.

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Cold
Symptoms: Stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, low fever.
Duration: 1 week.
How you feel: Tired, with symptoms focused on nose, throat and head.
Self-Care: Prop your head at night to help your nose drain. Drink lots of fluids.
Medication: Over the counter medications can ease symptoms. There is no cure.
When to call a doctor: When discharge from nose or throat is yellow or green.
Prevention: Wash hands often and avoid contact with sick people.

Flu
Symptoms: High fever, chills, weakness, loss of appetite, body aches, dry cough and burning eye.
Duration: 1 week to 10 days.
How you feel: Worse than a cold, sore and weak like you could sleep all day.
Self-Care: Sleep and rest and drink lots of fluids. Stay home a day or 2.
Medication: Antiviral medicines can shorten the flu.
When to call a doctor: You have another chronic illness or symptoms last more than 10 days.
Prevention: Get flu shot early, wash hands and avoid sick people.