Now that the cooler weather is here, many people are packing away their summer shorts and T’s, and pulling out the heavier pants and sweaters. Fall is a popular time of year when hypothermia and other cold related injuries are at their highest. People, reluctant to let go of summer, still try to dress for the warmer temperatures during these transitional months.
Hypothermia is a very common injury this time of year. It occurs when the body loses more heat than it produces. If the body’s internal temperature drops too low, it can become a serious medical emergency. Children are at a greater risk of getting weather induced trauma because they are continually moving and do not feel the chill. There are many ways that parents can protect their youngsters from the autumn’s weather induced dangers.
It can be difficult for any parent to make sure their offspring wear the proper clothing for the season. Older children and teenagers are especially likely of becoming hypothermic when outside because they do not always dress for the outdoor climate. They want to look fashionable, not warm. Help them choose clothing that is in style yet comfortably toasty as well. Today, many designers are meeting the needs of producing seasonal attire that is both attractive and functional so meeting both needs is getting easier for the parent and trendy school ager.
Put the Summer Clothes Away
Students will wear their favorite hot weather outfit if it is easily accessible so pack them up. You can help them resist temptation by stowing their hot weather wear in boxes or bins along with all the other summer gear. By limiting their choices, they will be more likely to pick a nice cooler temperature outfit.
Wear Light Layers
This time of year, the weather can fluctuate a lot throughout the day. Mornings can be cold but, by afternoon, the outside is much more comfortable. Layering your clothing is the best way to adapt to the changing elements while maintaining adequate body warmth. Wear several light layers to insulate your self and your children. Layers add protection and retain the torso’s heat. It’s easy to remove one layer to cool down if you or your child gets too heated.
Cover the Extremities
Fingers, toes, ears, and necks get too chilly if they are not covered properly. Hats, mitts, scarves, socks, and proper shoes or boots should always be readily available if they are needed. Flip flops and sandals will not adequately cover the toes from the frost. It’s time to pack them away for the more stylish fall shoes and boots.
Watch for Early Signs
If your kids are starting to show signs that they are getting too cold, bring them somewhere warm. Shivering is the first sign of Hypothermia. If your youngsters start to shiver, it’s an indication that it is time to get out of the weather and into an area with heat. Early detection is the best way to treat any element related event.
Autumn is one of the most common times of year for Hypothermia and other cold related injuries to happen. The changing environmental temperatures are not always something that we are mentally or physically prepared for. Children are at a higher risk of suffering from the effects of the cooler season because they are more mobile and do not always feel the negative effects. Preparing for, and recognizing the signs that the cooler weather is starting to cause harm will help prevent serious injury from occurring.
At Stephen Nutt Chiropractic, we believe that natural steps are the best methods for staying healthy during any seasonal change. Dressing for the climate is one of the easiest and most effective ways to eliminate the dangers.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle also helps lower your chances of being negatively impacted by the elements. A healthy mind and body are stronger and better at fighting external conditions. Eating a balanced, nutrient rich diet, daily exercise, and regular visits to your chiropractor will also help you stay able-bodied during the changing seasons.