PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When it’s cold outside like this morning, it can be incredibly dangerous.
Not layering and taking care of your body can lead to hypothermia, which can hit children faster than you expect.
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It’s that time of the year when kids want to be outside and playing in the snow, but the problem is, if nobody is paying attention to how long they’re out, their bodies could be telling them they’re in trouble.
“Normal body temperature is 98.6, generally hypothermia is when you’re below 95,” said Dr. Jennifer Preiss, Allegheny Health Network pediatrician.
It’s all about the numbers – how cold is it outside and how long have the kids been outside.
“If it’s between 20 and 30, you really have to be even more careful and let the kids come by every 15 to 20 minutes,” said Dr. price
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When it’s colder, like in adolescence and wind chill, kids shouldn’t be outside at all, explained Dr. price
“If they’re actively shaking, that’s a really important sign,” she said. “If you look at exposed parts of the body and they’re blue or swollen, those are very important signs.”
Other signs of hypothermia can occur when a child seems tired and moves strangely.
“If they’re completely lethargic or acting very confused, that’s actually when you need to call 9-1-1,” warned Dr. price
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She added that it’s a good idea to change out of wet clothes, dry off the child and then give them something warm to drink.