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Cold wave: watch out for little ones!

In the event of a cold snap, infants are particularly exposed because their temperature control system is still immature. The Directorate General for Health recalls the main measures to be adopted to protect them.

What are the risks for toddlers?

  • Negative temperatures, icy wind, snow ... so many weather risks that can be harmful to the health of newborns and infants. Their ability to adapt to changes in temperature is not as effective as that of a child or an adult to fight against the cold. In addition, the very young child does not perform any physical activity allowing it to warm up and can not express that it is cold.
  • The cold narrows the blood vessels. As a result, limb ends are less well irrigated. Hands and feet are exposed to frostbite if they are poorly protected. Cold can also lead to the development of bronchopulmonary infections. It is therefore important to be doubly vigilant. Unless imperative, avoid taking your baby out during periods of extreme cold.

You have to go out? Protect it well

  • If you still have to go outside with your baby, avoid putting it in a baby carrier, which can compress the lower limbs and cause frostbite. It is best if your toddler is carried in the arms, pram or stroller so that he can move regularly to warm up.
  • Make sure that he is warmly dressed and protected from the wind, especially when sleeping, multiply the thicknesses rather than using only one very thick garment. Do not forget mittens or caps because the head is a part of the body through which up to 30% of heat loss can occur.
  • In case of transport by car in very cold weather, plan the risk of being blocked by bad weather with your baby: plan warm clothes, blankets and changes for your child. If you are not breastfeeding, have hot drinks in sufficient quantities (baby bottles in isothermal protection) and at least one meal if it has a diversified diet.

You stay at home: some instructions

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a very toxic gas. It is produced during bad combustion of wood, coal, fuel, gas, propane ... used for heating or hot water production.

  • Ensure proper ventilation and heaters that must be maintained and checked every winter before use. If necessary, call a professional to verify proper operation.
  • Do not overheat wood stoves or boilers because of the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • To ensure the necessary air exchange in your home, do not obstruct the air vents and ventilate your home daily, even if the temperatures are very low.

To protect it from the cold: the advice of our specialist.