In this frigid weather it is important to take precautions. I know, it looks pretty, it looks dramatic, it is what people all around the world in warm climates want to see.......snow, Ice, snowmen, icicles, the official look of Winter.
We here in the Hudson Valley are familiar with all of Winters foibles. They used to ski on Mt. Beacon, cut ice all along the Hudson River to ship all of the country, and sleigh ride everywhere.
Now There still is a plethora of activities available to take advantage of and actually enjoy the Winter season. You can sleigh ride down a wonderful hill in Memorial Park in Beacon and many, many other places. There is ice skating on almost any pond from Cold Spring to Highland and beyond. On warmer days when the snow is a little "melty" you can build snowmen and throw snowballs. Of course there is also skiing, and snow shoeing too..........And let's not forget Dr. Bernardez's favorite, Staying inside by a warm fireplace and drinking Hot Cocoa!
With this extreme cold however Dr. Maria Bernardez reminds parents and families to make sure they limit their exposure to the cold. Just as in summer where you protect your children's skin with sun screen, the Sun can also be bright in the Winter. Protect your and your kids skin to the cold and be careful of the amount of time you are outside. Sunglasses and scarves do go together!
Woolly sweaters, warm socks, boots, mittens and gloves, hats and moisturizers too. Oh what wonderful things to wear .....
Orange Pediatric Care also reminds you to be especially careful with babies and keeping them warm.
It has been a Winter of Flu and a Winter of strep. Pediatricians recommend the Flu shot and even though in the news they are saying it is only about 23% effective that is better than no flu shot at all. Also there are A strains and B strains. The "B" strain typically hits later and the effectiveness of that is yet unknown, so it is better to be immunized and not take a chance.
Both of Orange Pediatric Care's New Windsor Pediatric office and our Beacon pediatric office have ample supply of Flu vaccines, so please call today and protect your self from influenza like a pair of warm socks protects your toes!
ps. So whether you are in Fishkill or Cornwall. Glenham or Vails Gate, Philipstown or Newburgh, Please visit us and let our Board Certified Practitioners show you our compassionate, knowledgeable, bedside manner and personal service.