Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

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About Eva Alessia, D.O.

Dr. Eva Alessia specializes in pediatrics. Her desire to become a doctor was formed as a young child through her own health experiences as well as genuine interest in helping others. As a mother with children of her own, Dr. Alessia connects easily with her patients and their parents drawing on her education and expertise as well as her experience in raising kids.

Eva Alessia, D.O.

Eva Alessia, D.O.

Although winter officially begins today, it currently isn’t feeling very much like winter (though I am not complaining!. But, being Illinois, our weather can go from 60 to 0 at the drop of a hat. So, in preparation for the inevitable cold, here are some winter weather tips to help you safely enjoy the snowy outdoors:

  • Dress in breathable layers. Sweating makes one more likely to get chilled.
  • Make sure gloves and socks are dry.
  • Wear a hat.
  • If skin is pale, red or numb, or if your child is shivering, change into dry/warm clothes and run warm (not hot) water on affected skin. Do not rub the skin.

If you are going sledding:

Young Girl With Grandmother And Mother Holding Sledge In Garden

  • Make sure the area is clear of trees, stumps, holes and fences; some of these may be buried under the snow.
  • Face forward and sit up, its easier to steer this way.
  • Do not sled by ponds, parking lots or roads.

If you are going ice skating:

  • Skate only on specially prepared areas where the ice can bear your child’s weight.
  • Check for cracks, holes and debris.
  • Never skate alone.

Enjoy this time of the year!