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The snow is here and the kids are probably excited to go outside and play. They can't wait to build snowmen, go sledding and throw snowballs. While your children are enjoying the snow, we want to help you keep them safe.

First, make sure they have layers on. Start with summer-type t-shirts or pajamas, then add a heavier t-shirt and sweats and then add one more layer of winter clothing. Top it off with a coat, hat and mittens or thick gloves. Will they complain they can't move? Probably, unless you make the layers loose, then they can move just fine. Use some clothes that are slightly too big for them. 

Second, make sure they stay hydrated. Just as in summer, playing hard in the winter can cause us to lose water and your children need to stay hydrated. An hour before they go out make sure they drink water. Then when they come back in, the same thing. Avoid sodas and similar drinks since those will dehydrate them even more.

Third, play outside in intervals. Have something inside to lure them back in, such as a snack or hot chocolate. Then let them go back outside. If your children are shivering, extend the time inside so their bodies can warm up.

Fourth, if anyone complains about being so cold they can't feel their fingers, toes, ears or nose, go inside right away. If those parts of their body feel hard or look shiny, call your doctor. Those are signs of frostbite and if treated right away, the damage is minimal.

Lastly, use your health insurance and schedule a check-up for your children. Most health insurance plans provide for annual check-ups and your doctor can ensure all shots are up to date, and can talk with your children about being safe during playtime. 

You can call Sidle Insurance at (607) 535-6501 for more information on health insurance in the state of New York. We can help protect your children’s wellbeing as well as yours. Stay safe and have fun!

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