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Child care workers deal with frigid temps

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HERRIN -- With winter temperatures still hovering below the freezing mark, it poses a complicated situation for child care workers.

"There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing," said Lynne O'Saille.

O'Saille runs Giggles and Scribbles Family Childcare from her home. She said she tries to get the children outdoors as much as possible, but with the winter weather she's had to adjust what she does.

"Maybe go out multiple times a day instead of one long time," she said, "Because they recommend one hour of gross motor outside a day."

O'Saille said it's important the children she looks after are dressed appropriately for any kind of weather. Her daycare even keeps extra changes of clothes on hand for whatever situation may arise.

"They keep rain boots, tennis shoes, jacket, coat, hats and mittens here all the time, all year," she said. 

No matter the weather, she said, it becomes quickly apparent kids need time outdoors to be happy.

"If you start to lost their interest or bickering or whatever starts to happen, then you know it's time to shift gears and find something else for them to do," O'Saille said. "Usually they just need some freedom outside and fresh air."

Aside from that, doctors say letting children play outside, even in the winter, builds up their immune system and helps them stay physically active.

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