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    Default Can being outside (in the cold) increase illness?

    Is it an old wives tale? You know how our (most) parents go psycho when your child is about to go out into the cold air!

    Well I'm asking because Ds1 is 4yrs old and has been sick on/off for around 6 weeks and just got over the flu. This Friday I'll send him to daycare but it will be cold here in Melbourne (13) and even with a jacket on its cold and the kids play outside quite a bit unless it's raining.

    Would Ds better off being kept indoors? Should I say something or it won't make a difference?

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    It's not the cold weather that causes illness. In winter, when the weather is cooler, we all tend to stay inside with doors and windows shut. So we've got more people together in less ventilated and more confined spaces, making it easier for germs to be spread. Hence why more people tend to get ill during winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    It's not the cold weather that causes illness. In winter, when the weather is cooler, we all tend to stay inside with doors and windows shut. So we've got more people together in less ventilated and more confined spaces, making it easier for germs to be spread. Hence why more people tend to get ill during winter.

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    Thats what I thought too.
    But when it's cold I feel so bad (I don't know the reason why) for taking him outside.
    My 2yr old hasn't played outside for 1 week because of this terrible weather (plus everything is usually so wet outside anyway).

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    being outside in the cold will not make him sick.

    Colds and Flu are viruses ... they are not caused by being cold.


    Having said that - the body fights off infection better at higher body temperatures ... and uses more 'effort' (energy, food, oxygen, life force for want of a better word) to keep you warm when you are out in the cold. So if your body is busy making warmth, it can get too worn down to fight off infection ...

    That is for cases where
    - bodies are run down
    - excess exposure to the elements.

    So yes, if your little one has been sick, if his little body is using all its energy to make him better, sending him out in the cold where he has to use energy to keep him warm isnt always a good idea.


    but it wont make him sick again.

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    So great to see someone asking this question, as it may catch the attention of others who aren't aware that this is an old wives' tale.

    Pretty much everything that previous posters have said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BH-KatiesMum View Post
    being outside in the cold will not make him sick.

    Colds and Flu are viruses ... they are not caused by being cold.


    Having said that - the body fights off infection better at higher body temperatures ... and uses more 'effort' (energy, food, oxygen, life force for want of a better word) to keep you warm when you are out in the cold. So if your body is busy making warmth, it can get too worn down to fight off infection ...

    That is for cases where
    - bodies are run down
    - excess exposure to the elements.

    So yes, if your little one has been sick, if his little body is using all its energy to make him better, sending him out in the cold where he has to use energy to keep him warm isnt always a good idea.


    but it wont make him sick again.

    Ah that makes total sense! One time I was soooo sick on the couch with tonsillitis and I thought I would quickly watch Dh/Ds fly a kite at the local park. Once the cold air hit me I felt so much worse and had to get back on the warm couch!

    Maybe I'll leave a note at Childcare saying "Limit time outdoors"...?

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    It's so good for kids to play outside, even in winter. I was shocked when DD started daycare and I saw how much of their day is spent outside even in very cold weather but then I read the quote from a famous European adventurer: "There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing". Rug your kid up and let them enjoy the great outdoors

    Mind you, if they're still sick they need to rest and be warm.

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    As PP have said, it won't make them sick, but I might ask to keep him inside if you think the extra rest will do him good. A day at child care will probably take it out of him, and maybe running around outside would be too much.
    That's what I would do, anyway.

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    You could send extra clothes for him. DD1 spent a term in nursery in England during Autumn / Winter and standard clothing for outdoor play was a beanie, scarf, mittens, warm overcoat and gum boots with thick socks.

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    I would start him on probiotics op... if he's not on any.. they really help boost their immune system.


 

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