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THE MEDICAL CORNER:

November 12, 2013

DRESSING KIDS FOR WINTER WEATHER

With this weeks weather changes, students have traded in their flip-flops for scarves, and caps. Considering the weather forecast for the entire school day is important when planning what your student will wear when they walk out the door. Remember, students will go outside unless the wind chill is below 20 degrees. For parents, however, getting children to dress for the winter weather may be an uphill battle.

While doctors say you cannot catch a cold simply as a result of not bundling up, dressing warmly can add another layer to the body's defense. It will help our immune system to defend us from possible infections.

The CDC recommends the following garments to help avoid becoming dangerously cold this winter:

1. a hat
2. a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
3. sleeves that are snug at the wrist
4. mittens (they are warmer than gloves)
5. water-resistant coat and shoes
6. Several layers of loose -fitting clothing

They also say to be sure the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven, preferably wind resistant, to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton. Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm.

Jessica Gonko
Dubois’s School Nurse