Frostbite can happen quickly during Minnesota winters and infants and children are at high risk. Although adults should be aware of frostbite prevention as well, children are at a greater risk because they lose heat from their skin more rapidly than adults. Following are 5 ways to avoid frostbite in children:
- Always check the weather forecast before letting young children go outside to be sure they are dressed appropriately and they are dressed in layers – it’s best that the first layer be cotton because it absorbs moisture.
- Make sure your child wears a hat that covers their ears and in extreme cold a scarf that covers their lower face and tip of nose.
- Choose mittens instead of gloves to keep little fingers warm.
- Make sure boots are waterproof – toes are prone to frostbite.
- Remove wet clothing especially mittens or socks as soon as possible to avoid the water freezing directly in contact with skin. Wet clothes draw heat away from the body.