What a great thread! Definite old wives tale!!! My dad thinks this too and when we pick DD up from his house after work, he will put a jacket on her. I tell him its toasty warm in the car and he says 'its only to get to the car' the car is 1 meter from the front door!!!!! GAH!!!!!
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16-07-2014 20:47 #11
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16-07-2014 21:04 #13
The cold won't 'make them sick'.
..but, when the body is cold (nasal passages etc) they are the type of environment that viruses thrive in.
and what katiesmum said
16-07-2014 21:12 #14
If dh washes the girls hair at night, he will let them go to bed with damp hair. I just can't bring myself to do that, I blow dry it, because I don't want their head to get cold and I also don't want the pillow to get damp and possibly mouldy. I wouldn't worry about it in summer but in winter no way!
16-07-2014 21:16 #15
All I know from personal experience for our family is that we don't get as sick living in the hot climate we live in and when we do we get over it quite quickly. Whereas when we visit the city and get sick we seem to take a lot longer to get over it. Particularly if I have a cold for example it lingers, feel like I'm getting better but then going out in the cool air seems to flare it up again.
17-07-2014 07:57 #16
To those saying it's not an old wives' tale, I guess that depends on how you take it. There are a few reasons why cold weather can mean an increase in infections - another is that the flu virus is actually better protected in cold weather (its coating essentially hardens) so it's better able to survive & spread. The fact that there's a link between cold weather and infection does NOT mean that being in the cold will make you sick, which is what many people believe and act upon.
Yes, you're generally more likely to get a cold/the flu etc. in winter. However that doesn't mean that a child playing outside in winter is MORE likely to get sick than one playing inside.
17-07-2014 08:11 #17
What all the PP's said. However cold weather can affect people with asthma and trigger attacks.
17-07-2014 08:16 #18
I read a while ago that when you are cold your immune system can be suppressed therefore you are more likely to get sick. So, although the cold doesn't make you sick, it could be a contributing factor. You still need to come in contact with the virus to become unwell.
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17-07-2014 08:33 #20
Dd is going to the snow on a school camp. She is required to have a special asthma plan for that day signed off by her Dr.
The other thing is people are often told to move north (to the warmer areas) to help with their asthma. So I think it does have some merit that colder weather can make a difference to people with asthma.
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