Monday November 5, 2018
Winter is right around the corner and although many people are excited about the chance to play in the snow or get ready for the holidays, others are dreading the time (sometimes for the exact same reasons). Winter can take its toll on a family, especially if you are unprepared.
Here are some special tips to handle several common problems during the winter months.
- Illness—Winter is the cold and flu season and it’s important to prepare your family for this. It’s a good idea to go ahead and buy some cold and flu medication and cough syrup just in case. (It’s better to have it and not need it, right?) Also, make sure that your family gets their annual flu shot/spray. This may not prevent all forms of the flu, but it’s a good idea to take any precaution. Also, make sure that you keep hand sanitizer in the house and encourage everyone to avoid touching their faces (spreading germs) and to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze.
- Skin Care—An often forgotten area of winter health is skin care. During the winter, the air tends to dry out the skin so that it can easily crack or peel. To prevent this, cut back on baths and showers to only every other day as the water tends to dry people out. Also, make sure you have plenty of moisturizing lotion around, and consider using a humidifier, especially if your child gets nosebleeds from the dry air.
- Weather—It’s usually a good idea to have some supplies on hand in case winter weather keeps you stuck inside the house. If you lose power because of snow or an ice storm, then you will want to have a good supply of candles and matches or lighters as well as flashlights with extra batteries. Also, stock up on canned foods (and a manual can opener) that can be heated easily or eaten without heating. Finally, make sure that you have a good stock of toys and board games to keep the kids entertained when the TV and Internet go out.
Winter weather can be incredibly dangerous, but it doesn’t have to be scary. By taking time to prepare yourself and stock up ahead of time, you can make sure that your family is ready for this year’s first cold snap.