A baby at the top in the mountains
It is the first winter of a child, and you want to make him discover the joys of the snow and the mountain. Yes, provided you be well equipped and take some precautions before departure and during your stay.
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The risks of altitude
Is the mountain a favorable environment for an infant? In reality, from birth to 1 year, a baby must not exceed 1500 meters of elevation, then not more than 1800 meters after 18 months. Indeed, with altitude, his heart rate accelerates, as well as the blood pressure in his arteries. His organization must adapt to these changes.
Elevations by cable cars are strongly discouraged for children under three years of age. They can cause an otitis called “The Midi peak,” which results in a lesion of the eardrum. This condition is related to the too rapid change in altitude.
For children suffering from heart problems (for example, a heart murmur), stays at altitude are not recommended without doctor’s advice. On the other hand, they can be beneficial for those suffering from respiratory disorders, especially asthma. counselling before is leaving, a short visit to the doctor is necessary, to receive his advice and help. He will check in particular that your child does not suffer from otitis: the change of altitude would be too painful for his eardrums. Similarly, to be fit to go to the mountain, it must not be anemic, that is to say, lack of red blood cells.
Young children are more sensitive than adults to the cold, so take walks at the most lenient hours of the day. Avoid going out before 11 am and after 5 p.m.
Due to his young age, it must be kept in mind that the baby remains much more immobile than his parents. It is, therefore, necessary to cover it with a suitable equipment because it is more confronted to the cold than the adults. Be careful that he is not too tight in his clothes.
To have a good time in the mountains, the baby must bring a whole panoply of warm clothes, especially wool sweaters and fleece clothes. Slide long-sleeved bodysuits or long sleeve underwear, for example. Equip it with tights and socks, wool if possible. Mittens, scarves, and hoods will complement his paraphernalia. The hood is preferred over a bonnet because it also protects the child’s neck. Also carry a ski suit, waterproof, with feet and a hood. Finally, in anticipation of stroller rides, consider bringing a blanket to cover his legs.
Regularly hydrate it, especially during the drive to your place of residence, to avoid earaches with altitude. During your stay, if you decide to carry your baby back, be vigilant: besides the risks of falling, it will become more comfortably numb with the cold.
- The sunglasses: the eyes of the baby are particularly sensitive, especially since in the mountain, the rays of the sun are more intense because less filtered and the reverberation of the sun on the snow intensifies the radiation. It is therefore essential to equip your child with suitable ski goggles and adequate protection.
- Sunscreen: Even in the low sunshine, UV rays remain dangerous for baby’s skin. Think of slipping a tube of sunscreen suitable for his age into the suitcase and lip balm. You can supplement this care with a moisturizer, to apply it in the evening and the morning, because of the cold, dry skin.
Beware of overheated interiors
It is important to clothe warmly baby and protect especially his hands and feet. However, once inside, it is advisable to undress it quickly.
During the night, do not change his habits. Do not increase the temperature of your room under the pretext that it is cold outside. Think against humidifying his room (a small bowl of water placed under the radiator for example) because the air can be quite dry in the mountains. A slightly drier atmosphere will help him breathe easier.
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