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Winter Tips for Medically Complex Children

One of the greatest parts about living in Kentucky is that we get to enjoy all four seasons. We get verdant springs, vibrant summers, gorgeous falls, and, of course, winter. While winter is probably not anyone’s ideal time to live in Kentucky, this time of year is especially exciting for children because of the holidays, breaks from school, and (occasionally) the opportunity to play in the snow. If you have medically complex or special needs children, you may wonder if your child will have the opportunity to enjoy the season. We are here to tell you that it is definitely possible, but, like all things involving children with complex medical conditions, it requires some extra planning and preparation. Because of this, keep reading and let the team at RSVP Home Care tell you about some winter tips for medically complex children near Northern Kentucky.

Tip #1- Don’t forget to bundle up

Most of us, particularly if we have lived in the Northern Kentucky area for most of our lives, are used to what winter weather is like here. Many of us may even forego things like heavy coats, hats, and gloves and simply “tough it out.” While this may be the case for you, it should certainly not be the case for your medically complex children. Many children with complex medical conditions could experience a variety of symptoms that could make them more susceptible to illness or injury relating to the cold, such as temperature sensitivity, that requires you to be extra diligent with the warm clothes. Even if you may not feel the need to bundle up when you head outside, your child should definitely be well-equipped.

Tip #2- Always use sunscreen

This may sound a little silly coming from the perpetually grey winters of Kentucky, but just because it is cold and dreary outside doesn’t mean you and your child can’t get sunburnt. This is especially important for children who are in wheelchairs or are otherwise mobility restricted, because they will not get the same distribution of sun exposure as other children. Because of this, if your medically complex children want to play outside in the cold, always be sure to layer on the sunscreen, even if they’re in a parka.

Tip #3- Keep the proper equipment on-hand

This tip is always important but is even more so during the winter if your medically complex children have been playing outside, accompanying you on holiday shopping trips, or otherwise are engaged in strenuous activities. Particularly if your child has a chronic lung disease or other respiratory concerns, having medical equipment like ventilators at home or on hand through portable models can not only ensure that your child has a good time, but also ensure that they stay healthy and happy while enjoying the winter.

To learn more about winter tips for medically complex children near Northern Kentucky, contact RSVP Home Care today. We are conveniently located in Covington, KY, but we also proudly serve the surrounding 70-mile radius, including Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, OH.

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