Along with the American Academy of Pediatrics we would like to remind our parents that children are much more susceptible to the cold which can lead to hypothermia.
Symptoms of hypothermia can include shivering, goose bumps, clumsiness, slurring of speech and becoming lethargic. If your child or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately. While you are waiting for help to arrive, get indoors, remove any wet clothing and cover them with blankets. If breathing stops or you can’t find a pulse, begin CPR.
Frostbite is another concern this time of year. Make sure children are equipped with mittens, boots, hats and scarves. Frostbite will generally affect the fingers, toes, ears, lips and nose. You may notice those areas blistering or becoming pale or gray. A common complaint you may hear is that the skin burns or is numb.
Since frostbite can cause permanent damage you should place suspected frostbitten areas such as fingers or toes to soak in warm water for a few minutes. Warm compresses should be applied to other extremities such as the nose, lips or ears. After application, dry off the area and cover with blankets or towels. Warm their insides up with a warm drink. Should numbness continue for more than a few minutes, call your doctor.
Before heading outside for school or to play, make sure children are properly clothed.. Teens especially tend to wear shorts and regular shoes during cold weather making them vulnerable to the effects of the cold.
Children should wear:
- multiple layer
- gloves, scarves, boots, hats and socks
- long pants and long sleeves
As always, our nurses are available to answer any questions you may have. Just give us a call at 630.717.2300.
- Chillin' With Winter Safety (AAP)
- Extreme Temperature Exposure (AAP)
- Winter Storms and Extreme Cold (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
- Winter Weather: Take Steps (CDC)