Chances are you didn't have to watch the weather report to know that strong winds are blowing across the metro Denver area. Many parents will be walking kids to school tomorrow morning. We have a small dog and even he knew that being outside was a bad idea tonight. But the kids need to get to school. So how can parents protect them from these high wind advisories? As a veteran mom, I've learned plenty of tricks of the trade to help us get through many windstorms.
Stay inside - This may not be an option for all Denver families. But the best way to protect kids from strong winds is to keep them inside a structurally sound building.
Use sunscreen - Many parents are unaware that sunscreen also protects against wind damage. Because this recent windy weather could bring some rain and snow, kids need to be protected from windburn, which can be just as damaging to the skin as sunburn.
Bundle up - Since this wind could get chilly, be sure to bundle the kids up with snugly fitting garments. Protective clothing should be snug, but not too tight. Loose clothing could allow the wind to sneak in whre it doesn't belong. Scarves, ski masks, and gloves are a good idea, especially of your kids are walking to and from school.
Protect the Eyes - Sunglasses are not just for sunny days. They can also keep your kid's eyes protected from chilling winds. Even on cloudy and stormy days, the sun's rays are still strong. Sunglasses can also help shield your child's eyes from some of the debris that flies around during a windstorm.
Protect the lips and skin - Moisturize the lips and skin whenever strong winds are present. These conditions can cause lips and skin to become cracked very easily. Proper moisturization can help prevent this from happening. This should be done, in addition to the sunscreen. If possible, use moisturizers for the lips and skin that include SPF protection.