Have you ever wondered why your kiddos are getting colder much faster than you are when you're out romping around in the snow or cold weather? Below, we're sharing a few reasons why, in hopes you can stay outside all day long.
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Why Kids Get Cold Quicker Than Adults
The smaller you are, the faster you get cold. Here’s why.
Kids get colder quicker because:
- Thinner limbs allow body heat to escape faster.
- Kids have a higher ratio of surface area to mass meaning more of their body is exposed to the cold.
- Active kids get sweaty; sweat is wet; wetness amplifies the cold.
- The body needs energy to stay warm; kids running around will burn through their energy faster than their parents who are just strolling leisurely.
- Kids will often sit or lie down while playing, frolicking in the snow, and/or touching ice cold monkey bars and jungle gyms. Contact with the cold ground or cold metal conducts heat away.
- Kids are more likely to get wet from getting snow in their boots or down the back of their shirts.
Specifically for babies:
- Baby drool or spit-up makes their clothes wet, and cold
- Babies in strollers are more sedentary than those running around or receiving warmth from their parent's bodies who are moving
Tip! Babies carried close to their parent's body in a baby carrier or wrap will stay warmer than those in a stroller.