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Preparing your kids for Harmattan
Harmattan is an extremely dry dusty wind that blows towards the western coast of Africa from the Sahara desert, during the months November to March.
For babies, children and adults alike, this season is characterized by dry, flaky and itchy skin, sore throat, cracked feet, numb fingers, runny nose and common cough.
The weather is very deceptive, this minute, it is very hot, the next minute, it is cold; or the sun is shining, yet there is a chill in the air. Parents need a lot of wisdom when it comes to taking care of their children during harmattan.
So the question is; how do we protect and prepare our children for during the harmattan season
Dress your baby appropriately
Unlike adults and older kids, babies aren’t experts in regulating their body temperature. Therefore, in the face of very cold weather, the aim is to keep your baby warm and comfortable. Dress babies and young children in one more layer than an adult would wear. However, you should not be tempted to overdress your baby such that she gets hot, uncomfortable and develops rashes.
The basic clothing when going out should include a cap that covers the ears and can be secured under the chin so it doesn’t fall off easily, a warm jacket/cardigan, and warm socks long enough to ensure that no leg skin is exposed to the biting cold. When babies are about to sleep, it’s better they are covered in warm sleeping suits, or one piece items than leaving things to chance by covering them with a blanket. Newborn babies should be covered with a cap and gloves/mittens as the temperature drops further when its dusk.
Clothes you should wear for Kids
Wool based materials: these are good clothes for this period and you can wear them for your kids on top or under a shirt or blouse.
Wearing a double or triple layer clothing is also a way your kid can stay immune to the harmattan cold instead of wearing a sweater.
Long Sleeves clothes: These are suitable for this season as they cover the arms preventing direct contact with the dry air. So go get Jackets, blazers, and cardigan, so even if the weather does get hot, you can easily take them off.
Below the knee dresses and skirts: For girls, this is the best time to wear dresses and skirts that are below the knees because the longer the dresses and skirts the better. It will help prevent the legs from turning white.
Let your hair down: This is very fashionable at the same time it gives the neck some warmth which would be a blessing in such a season.
Slim vest: On milder days, a long, thin leather vest worn over a matching turtleneck is a trendy alternative to a jacket.
Socks: Mind you your feet are as important as your face, hair or body during this period. Try to Moisturize your feet after washing. It is required that you moisturize them several times a day.For babies and young children,it is advisable you wear a socks.