Jason C. Bruce, M.D.
When playing outside in the cold and snow, a child’s body can lose heat quickly. A child’s normal core temperature ranges from 98-99 degrees; hypothermia occurs when it drops below 95 degrees.
Hypothermia warning signs include:
Because severe hypothermia can be a life-threatening condition, a child with any level of hypothermia needs prompt attention. Below are quick steps for treating hypothermia:
Boys Town Pediatrics encourages monitored outdoor play during the winter months. Making snow angels, snowmen and sledding are fun family activities. The best way to protect your child from hypothermia and other cold injuries is to prevent them from ever happening. Just remember to keep it safe by following these winter safety tips from Boys Town Pediatrics:
If your child begins to complain of being cold or wet, make sure to take a break from play - go inside and grab a warm drink. Stay warm, have fun and enjoy this winter season!
When is it too cold for your child to go outside and play? Follow the colored safety zone guide.