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    Why Hats Should Be Mandatory for Children in Winter

    • Author:aungcrown
    • Source:Aung Crown
    • Release on:2020-12-08
    Winter might as well be called the official season for hat hair. Think about it: How long does your perfectly styled hair last when you have to wear bulky hats to stay warm? If you answered in hours, you’re one of the lucky ones.

    So why do we wear the hairstyle-killers in the first place? If you’re thinking it’s because 70 percent of our body heat is lost through our heads, you’d be wrong. Andrew Maynard, a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, says that the stat is simply not true.

    The amount of body heat lost depends on how much skin you expose, not the particular body part getting cold. Since the head only makes up about 10 percent of the body’s total area, it can only account for 10 percent of total body heat lost.

    So is hat hair worth it? Do hats really keep you that much warmer? It all depends on what else you’re wearing.

    But what if you’re completely bundled up, and you just happen to leave your hat at home? Well, that means 90 percent of your body is not losing that much heat—but your head is now the only place from which heat can escape. That changes things, doesn’t it?

    Why Hats Should Be Mandatory for Your Kids in Cold Temperatures
    When bitterly cold temperatures hit, you have to be careful to avoid staying out in the frigid air for too long. A cold weather emergency can happen relatively quickly, especially with children.



    Your child should never leave the house without a hat in this kind of weather. Children, especially younger children, can lose a third of their body heat through their heads when they’re outside, so make sure they are properly dressed.

    What to Wear
    Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities. Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Always remember warm boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat.

    The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.

    Hypothermia
    Hypothermia develops when a child's temperature falls below normal due to exposure to colder temperatures. It often happens when a child is playing outdoors in extremely cold weather without wearing proper clothing or when clothes get wet. It can occur more quickly in children than in adults.
    As hypothermia sets in, the child may shiver and become lethargic and clumsy. Speech may become slurred and body temperature will decline in more severe cases.

    1. The sun can still do damage
    There are roughly four weeks of the year when they UV levels are low enough that it's safe enough to be out in the sun without sun protection. And because I'm sure you have better things to do than work out when those four weeks are, it's best you assume those UV rays are coming for you so keep those hats on!

    The sneaky thing about wintertime is that we are lulled into a false sense of security. It's cold so the sun draws us out into its warmth and because it's not as stifling hot as it is in summertime, we spend more time basking in its glow. We crave it! We're also more relaxed about sunscreen because we're covered up, but the part most exposed for the longest time - our heads - needs to be protected. All of our sun hats have a UPF rating of 50+ which means they've been designed and manufactured to filter UVA and UVB rays to prevent them penetrating the skin.

    Why not try: a sun hat with a wintery print for the best of both worlds. A sun hat means eyes are shaded from the glare and heads and faces are protected.



    2. We lose heat from our heads
    Our bodies are great at adjusting to cold and warm temperatures, but above the neck isn't as good at adjusting the blood flow to warm us up. And because most of our body heat is predominantly lost through the head, a hat acts as a lid to keep that warmth in! Also remember babies lose body heat as much as four times more quickly than adults, so it's important to keep their little heads covered.

    Why not try: A warm hat that still keeps the sun's glare out of eyes is ideal.

    3. You don't want to break good habits
    If you've spent all summer instilling good hat-wearing habits in your children, you don't want to relax the rules when it's cooler - it'll only mean you'll have to start all over again come the warmer months! Wearing a hat all year around means it becomes second nature to kids - which means no more fights or tantrums! If your baby is born in the cooler months, a beanie is a great start to sun safety: getting them used to wearing something on their heads from birth means it's not so strange to them when they're a little older and wiser and much more mobile - once those little hands start moving and you suddenly stick a hat on their heads, they'll take it off if they're not used to it.

    Why not try: A nice cosy winter beanie with ears for extra cute factor

    4. They look super adorable
    Nothing really is cuter than little kids in cute character hats! And do we have cute character hats! Our koalas and Teddy fleecy beanies in particular are popular for their sweet style and toasty cosiness. Kids AND parents love them, so it's a win-win in the good parenting/happy child department which doesn't happen very often!

    So, keep the No Hat, No Play rule alive in winter - and be that good role model by wearing your own sun hat or beanie.