The winter months are often a worry for parents. Having your child’s room warm and safe is at the top of your list of priorities, this is a given. However, it’s always good to hear some extra hints and tips to ensure your child’s safety and comfort during the winter.
Open doors are a perennial problem for households that have children. It’s often hard to keep a child’s room warm if they insist on leaving the bedroom door open during the night. This is often due to a quite natural fear of the dark. This is something they will eventually grow out of, and we wouldn’t recommend taking any extreme measures to combat this. However, if the room is definitely colder as a result of this then you may wish to consider purchasing a night lights. These are an excellent solution to being afraid of the dark, and can save you a fortune in heating bills too!
When you realise it’s getting much colder it’s often a habit to cover your children with as many layers as possible. This isn’t always a practical solution, since the majority of children kick off their blankets and quilts anyway. The important thing to do is to do is check on your children occasionally; especially when you have central heating blazing out all night. If they are too hot, remove a blanket, and if they are too cold, add one. It’s simple really. Once you decide to go to bed your central heating will be off anyway, and there is little you can do. Consider that we all move around in our sleep and we don’t die of hypothermia; your children are much the same. There is such a thing as worrying too much.
[Please note: This is certainly not the case if your child is ill in any way at all. Take professional advice from a doctor regarding night time routine]
More importantly, you must remember that there are several issues to take into account with babies and very young infants:
- Remember that it’s quite natural for your baby to have cold hands etc at night, particularly if they are out of their blankets etc. Signs that your baby is too hot include: sweating, fever, damp hair, heat rash etc. If this is the case, take necessary measures to cool them down and seek medical advice if the baby is too hot.
- Overheating is connected with cot death and should not be underestimated. Ensure you have a room thermometer and follow the instructions carefully.
- If you are concerned about the baby kicking off, or wriggling out of the blankets it’s a good idea to invest in a baby sleeping bag. These devices allow you to zip your baby up and keep them warm no matter how much they move around. In many cases they are much safer than blankets in that they prevent you wrapping baby up too tight.
- Do not use hot water bottles or electric blankets in your baby’s cot.
- Do not position the cot near a radiator or fire.
Damp is something that occurs in many households during the winter and can often cause problems. With damp there often follows mould, and regrettably, with mould you get spores that can damage your baby’s lungs. Breathing in mould spores can cause minor to very serious health conditions with babies and infants and it’s important to do what you can to prevent it.
The best way is to live in a damp free home, but if this isn’t always possible, you should invest in a dehumidifier to remove any excess moisture in the air and thus prevent mould forming. Any existing mould should be sorted out by removing it, treating the area with a recommended mould treatment, and then painting over.
What you’ve just read are only a few ideas connected with the winter months, but they are all very important and useful to know. Keep these firmly in mind when looking after your child this winter.