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The cool kids: How to make sure children are dressed warmly in winter
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The cool kids: How to make sure children are dressed warmly in winter

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Getting outside for play is important for children for mental stimulation, exercise and eye breaks from devices — moreso now that many students aren’t in school for P.E. class or team sports.

But as temperatures plummet in many parts of the country, it’s natural to be concerned about whether it’s fine for them to go sledding or build a big snowman in the yard.

Your kids still can play outside when it’s cold as long as they are properly bundled up and you limit their time when temperatures drop below freezing.

Keep in mind that wind chill is also a factor. If it’s dangerously cold out, it’s better for them to stay indoors.

They should also take frequent breaks to come inside to warm up and stay hydrated.

Follow these tips when dressing your child for cold and snowy weather:

 Stephanie Griese is a pediatrician with experience in urgent care, emergency medicine and public health. She serves as a clinical consultant for the Virginia Department of Health's COVID-19 response.

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