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Dressing your family for winter weather

What to wear when it’s 40, 30, 20 or below 20 degrees​

While being out in the cold isn’t directly responsible for spreading colds or flu, exposure to colder temperatures and dry air can negatively impact your body’s immune system. We’ve provided a quick and easy guide so you and your family can stay warm and healthy, no matter the forecast.

Layers are key

Pacific Northwest winters are relatively mild compared to many areas of the country. That being said, it’s common for people to spend long periods of time outside – hiking, hunting, running, etc. If you plan to be outdoors during the winter months, be prepared with plenty of layers. Start with a comfortable, moisture-wicking base layer. If it’s snowing or raining, make sure those outer layers are waterproof.

Dressing kids for the weather

Anyone who has spent significant time with a child has likely had a conversation about what that child should wear outside. Gym shorts, t-shirts and wet hair are often the wardrobe choice despite the weather report. In general, small children should have one more additional layer than the adult recommendation above.

How to know if it’s more than just a chill

When you can’t seem to get rid of a chill or runny nose, you may require a trip to urgent care. Upper respiratory illnesses can often present the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Sinus pain or congestion
  • Excessive mucus

If these symptoms sound familiar, MultiCare Indigo Health can help. Your local Indigo team can evaluate your condition. Our doctors and nurse practitioners provide proven techniques for getting back to good health and, as necessary, prescribe medications that will help you find relief. It’s no coincidence that our lobby is fully stocked with hot coffee, tea and cocoa for warming you up on winter days.


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