A little extra attention to detail before children leave the house on such cold days is, therefore, necessary to prevent frostbite an injury to the body caused by freezing, and hypothermia abnormally low body temperature.
The Medical Society of the State of New York recommends the following precautionary measures to protect children from the physical harm of frigid weather.
Make children wear a hat and make sure their ears are covered with the hat or with earmuffs or a scarf. The scarf can also be used to cover their faces if it is windy or very cold.
Make them wear mittens, which keep hands toastier than gloves.
Insist that warm socks be worn with water-resistant boots.
When children go out to play in the snow, make sure dry clothing is waiting for them inside in case they get wet.
Supervise children playing outside. Be alert to signs of frostbite on the skin, often a white or grayish-yellow color, or for shivering or loss of coordination that could indicate hypothermia.
This information is provided by the Medical Society of the State of New York. For more health-related information and referrals to physicians in your community, contact the New York City Department of Health by calling 311.
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