Stay warm Indoors:
Keep the temperature in main rooms between 18 - 21°C and your toddler’s/ baby’s bedroom be around 20oc
Shut curtains and keep doors shut to keep the warmth in
Eat regular hot meals and have plenty of warm drinks
If you are on a low income and are having trouble keeping your home warm call Winter Watch on 0118 937 3747
Dress in several layers. Babies and young children need one more layer than adults
Always wear a hat and gloves. Beware of hazards - scarves are good for adults but scarves and hood strings can strangle smaller children.
Be seen - make sure children wear something bright or fluorescent during the day and something reflective at dusk and in the dark
Wear shoes with a good grip to help avoid slipping and take your time when walking
In drier winter air children lose more water through their breath – make sure they have plenty to drink to avoid getting dehydrated
Young children are less likely to recognize when they are cold and more likely to lose body heat quickly due to their smaller size. Check on your child regularly when they play in the snow - if they are wet or cold bring them inside. Watch out for:
Frostbite – signs include pale, grey or blistered skin on the fingers, ears, nose, and toes. If you think your child has frostbite bring the child indoors and put the affected area in warm (not hot) water.
Hypothermia – signs include shivering, slurred speech, and unusual clumsiness. If you think your child has hypothermia call 999 immediately.
Keep your medicine cabinet stocked with over the counter medicines (like ibuprofen, paracetamol and calpol) to deal with minor winter illnesses
At the first sign of flu ask your local pharmacist or call NHS 111 for advice
Flu is a very unpleasant illness and can have serious consequences for people with long term illness and young children. Symptoms of flu include: fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and a sore throat lasting up to a week.
- Listen to the news and weather forecasts on TV or local radio
Be a good neighbour
When the temperature falls to freezing older and other vulnerable people may have difficulty staying warm and getting out of the house. You can help by checking in on them:
If they are having trouble keeping themselves and their home warm call Winter Watch on 0118 937 3747
Offer to help with errands like shopping or collecting prescriptions
Spare time for a chat - a few minutes of your time will make a big difference
If you are worried about their health call a family member or NHS 111 for advice.
If you think they are having trouble looking after themselves - call a family member or Adult Social Care 0118 937 3747