Sleep and cold weather tips from AboutKidsHealth

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Help your child get a good night’s sleep

The cold and darkness of winter mornings can make it a lot harder to leave our warm beds. Making sure we get enough sleep and keeping to a regular schedule can make these mornings easier. Help your child keep a regular sleep routine with these tips from AboutKidsHealth.

  • Make sure your child falls asleep and wakes up at the same time at least six days a week.

  • Avoid letting your child sleep in late on weekends.

  • Bed times and wake times should not vary by more than an hour from one day to the next, even on weekends.

Discover more tips for a happier morning and find out when to see a doctor about your child’s sleep in AKH’s article, “Sleep tips: How to help your child get a good night’s sleep”.

Prevent cold weather injuries

If children are excited about playing outside, it is easy for them not to notice minor discomforts and first signs of a cold weather injury. Supervise young children in the cold and encourage older children and teens to use a buddy system to watch for these early signs of a cold weather injury.

  • With frostbite, skin may appear white or more pale than usual. Only in very serious cases will the skin go black.

  • Hypothermia can cause a person to shiver, become confused and disoriented, and slur their speech.

  • To detect snow blindness, look for tears or eyelid twitching and small, constricted pupils.

Visit to learn more about cold weather injuries and how to prevent them.

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