This is a continuation to our blog Winter Health Hazards to Watch Out For
Winter is a time of celebrations and get-togethers. But it also comes with many health concerns. In a previous blog, we discussed possible health hazards in winter. In this blog, we discuss tips to handle winter health hazards.
Tips For Handling Winter Health Hazards
- Using moisturizing creams and oils can help with itchy, red or flaky dry skin.
- Petroleum jelly can protect your face and help reduce risks of windburn and frostbite.
- If itching continues even after using a moisturizer, consult a dermatologist.
- Use clothes that maintain the warmth of your body for protecting your joints especially if you have arthritis.
- Use mittens, socks and hats when you step out to protect your body from the harsh weather.
- As your body won’t get enough sunlight in winter, take a Vitamin D supplement (consult your doctor about this).
- Getting light box therapy can help with winter blues and lifting the mood.
- Exercise regularly to maintain physical and mental health.
- Stock fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Force yourself to socialize to improve your mental health.
- As car accidents are common in winter, test the battery, antifreeze, windshield wipers, headlamps, heaters, breaks, tire pressure and so on before a drive.
- If you are planning a trip, consider the possible pitfalls in your route and take the necessary precautions.
- Drive very slowly, especially in harsh weather
- Keep emergency and first aid kits handy.
- Protect yourself and family from carbon monoxide:
- Keep grills, camp stoves away from your home
- Place generators at least 20 feet away from your home
- Call 911 and leave your home immediately if you detect the presence of carbon monoxide.
Winter precautions are not only meant for adults but also equally important for kids:
- Dress your kids in multiple layers of clothes and make sure to cover their head and ears to keep your body warm.
- Make them stay and play indoors instead out. If you take them out to play, stay with them.
- Kids need sun protection even in winter. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that all kids wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Dry air can cause nose bleeds in kids. Use a cool-mist humidifier (or vaporizer) in bedrooms if the air in your home is dry.
- Make them drink enough water and keep them hydrated.
- If you notice signs of frostbite, bring your child indoors immediately and apply warmth to the affected area. If you find signs of hypothermia in your kid, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Staying healthy is crucial during the harsh winter season. Stay healthy and safe by being aware about possible hazards and planning ahead.