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Keep children warm in winter

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Children’s Corner with PANIC CHILUFYA
IT IS that time of the year when children have to brave the cold as they make their way to school.
To make it worse, it seems this year’s weather will be more intense than the previous years, especially during mornings, when most children are making their way to school.
One cannot help but spare a thought for those children, who have to walk to school when temperatures dip down pretty low, as some children are expected to be in class by 07:30 hours.
To avoid arriving after the stipulated time and run the risk of being punished, some children, depending on how far the school is, have to leave the warmth of their home before the sun rises.
What is sad is seeing scantily dressed children shivering in harsh cold weather. At some schools, pupils can only wear the stipulated uniform; anything else is not permitted.
What most people are not aware of is that extreme temperatures have adverse effects on human beings, especially in children, who are less able to regulate their body temperature.
According to Rapid Med, when the body is cold, it pumps extra blood to vital organs to stay warm. This survival tactic works well, but when fingers, toes and ears get tingly or numb, it is an indication that the body has cut off blood flow to vital areas.
The reduction in blood flow means a decrease in the amount of white blood cells flowing through the body; white blood cells are the first defences that fight against viruses and bacteria when they enter a body.
During the cold season, areas like fingers and the respiratory system are usually most affected, which often leads to the dampening of the auto-immune response, leaving the body susceptible to disease.
For this reason, it is important to keep children as warm as possible during the cold season because they have a weaker immune system compared to adults and to avoid the spread of infections, which is most common during this time.
Children should be warm at all times to minimise visits to health centres, because any slight drop in body temperature results in auto-immune deficiencies.
Furthermore, in cases of extreme cold, school administrations should also be encouraged to bend the rules to ensure that children are able to keep warm and bundled up without having to worry about being punished for not wearing the correct attire.
Prevention is certainly better than cure.
Remember, children are our future, until next week, take care.
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