13. Wrapping children in clothes when their hands and legs are cold
If the feet, palms, or the nose of a child are not very warm, it doesn’t mean that the child is cold: because of the unique features of blood circulation and vascular tone in children, it is okay for these body parts to be cooler than the rest of the body. The normal room temperature in the children’s room should be between 68°F and 72°F. In these conditions, children don’t need hats, socks, or gloves: the skin should be able to breathe and have contact with the air.
By the way, it is much easier and way more dangerous to overheat a child, than it is to make them cold. The most obvious signs of overheating are a wet neck and the color of the skin, which should be pale pink under normal circumstances. If the skin is overly pink or even red, it means that the baby is too hot and that they need to take off some of their clothes.
Do you think that some of these recommendations are useful? Or should parents decide what is best for their children?