When it comes to our children, it seems there’s always something new we have to worry about. From whether or not they’re getting enough vitamins, to how they’re getting on with their school work, we always want the best for our little ones, which means we can tend to fuss over them too much sometimes.
However, being concerned about the welfare of your kids is a mother’s prerogative and it means that we always ensure the safety and wellbeing of them as they grow up, which they will appreciate when they are older. Now, with winter well and truly at our doors, we’re going to explore ways to ensure your family is kept at an optimum temperature, with nobody getting too cold, along with the plummeting temperatures outdoors. This is especially important when it comes to babies and toddlers who can’t express in words if they are too hot or cold. Let’s get into it…
Of course, at the top of the list is home heating. It might seem obvious but many people neglect their boilers or forget to stock up on heating oil (check out emo oil by clicking the link) until it’s too late and they discover their boiler is broken or they aren’t stocked up with enough fuel. The solution? You should be getting your boiler professionally checked out on a regular basis (once a year or so) to make sure it is in working order. If possible, do this before the cold weather really sets in to avoid problems down the line. You can order heating oil online to your door these days, so make sure you get enough ordered to last you through the winter.
The Right Clothing
This can depend on how old your kids are but when it is cold you must ensure that they are wrapped up warm and comfortable. This is especially important if they are going outdoors in the cold – give them all the winter woollies they may need, including a hat, gloves, a scarf, sensible waterproof shoes with a good grip and a high-quality winter coat. On the other hand, with very small children you don’t want to allow them to overheat, as this can happen even when it’s cold outside. Gauge the situation, feel their forehead and cheeks, and continuously check to see if the colour of their skin has changed at all. Take note if you notice any change in their behaviour, as this could be due to them feeling uncomfortable.
Thermometer / thermostat
The best way to check their temperature is with a thermometer, or you can check the room temperature with a thermostat. Both are a good indicator of whether or not your child is too hot or cold. Have a thermostat in their bedroom to measure the temperature when it’s their bedtime. It can be a hard balance to get right. In the winter months when it is chillier, make sure you tuck them up with an extra layer but always keep an eye on them and check their temperature with a thermometer – it’s best to check this by putting it in their mouth or under their armpit, which can be difficult to do if they are already asleep. However, temporal artery thermometers are an option in this scenario, as they simply use an infrared scanner to measure the temperature on the child’s forehead. Weigh up your options.