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February 17, 2017 by Polarn O. Pyret

Keep it under the hat

Did you know that increased amounts of body heat escape through our heads when we forget to wear a hat? The secret is finding the right one! Children who move around a lot, tend to keep warm don’t need as much on their heads as children who sit still when they play. Watch how your child plays and feel the back of her neck to determine if it’s warm or cold – that will give you an idea of their body temperature.

A thinner cap is best, or a balaclava that also covers part of the face, topped with a windproof cap. Then you can take the windproof cap off to ventilate without exposing the head directly to the cold.

If it’s really cold out, you can also use a neck warmer – a kind of scarf that you pull over your child’s head to protect the chin, neck and upper chest.

If it’s raining, use a watertight rain hat with a brim that protects both the face and the back of the neck. Great all year round.

In spring and summer, it’s a good idea to protect your child’s head with a baseball cap, or a sunhat. A sunhat with a brim usually offers the best protection since it protects both the face and the neck from sunburn.

Infants need to wear a hat year-round when outdoors, to protect them from cold and sunlight. Choose a thin cotton cap in the summer and a warmer, windproof cap in the winter.



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