In the winter, it is
important to remember to ensure that your children are dressed properly
when coming to school.
To prevent frostbite, children should be dressed inwarm clothes, including:
- a hat (warm, close-fitting, and covering ear lobes; not a 'fashion' hat or baseball cap),
- mittens (gloves do not keep hands warm as effectively as mittens),
- loose layers (an absorbent synthetic fabric next to skin, a warmer middle layer, and a waterresistant/repellent outer layer),
- socks A single pair of socks, either wool or a wool blend (with silk
or polypropylene) is betterthan cotton which offers no insulation when
wet. Avoid extra thick socks as they can causecold feet by restricting
blood flow and air circulation around the toes.
- boots Be sure boots are dry and not too tight.
Children should get out of wet clothes and shoes as quickly as possible as they are the biggest factorsin frostbite.
should be zipped up. To avoid strangulation during play, use
tube-shaped neck warmersinstead of scarves. If scarves must be used,
tuck them into jackets. Remove drawstrings on hoods and jackets because
they are also a safety hazard; better yet, buy clothes without