Hypothermia

Why you’ll want to bundle up your kids when playing outside in the wintertime.

Hypothermia

Hypothermia occurs when the body’s core temperature drops below 95ºF or 35ºC. Children are most at risk of it when they’ve been outside for too long and in too cold of temperatures. So while we want kids to enjoy winter activities, we need to keep the risk of hypothermia in mind, particularly with young kids.

Dr. Bruce Minnes, Emergency Room Pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children explains that “young children may not be able to tell us when they’re feeling unusually cold, or when they’re starting to feel pain as a result of the cold. Obviously the most important thing is that they are dressed appropriately for the temperature for the outside elements. You have to recognize as well that wind-chill factor can play a large role, and so making sure that exposed skin surfaces are covered in extremely cold weather is very important. And making sure that layers are used to cover all the other body surfaces will keep the heat in.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Bruce Minnes, Emergency Room Pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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