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Preventing Pint-Sized Frostbite

Preventing Pint-Sized Frostbite

Fitness
By Jessica Peterson
posted: 01/30/2000

Kids have a greater surface-area-to-weight ratio than adults and they have less insulating fat. They also may not tell you when they're cold. Therefore, they're more likely to suffer from frostnip and frostbite when it is windy and cold out. Try these tips to keep your little ones safe from cold-related injuries.

  • Good mittens¿not gloves¿should be worn at all times. Mittens allow fingers to move and promote better circulation.
  • Wrap kids in several warm, slightly baggy layers. Body heat gets trapped between these layers and helps keep kids warm. Always have spare dry clothing on-hand.
  • Have your child wear one pair of socks¿not two. Despite conventional wisdom, doubling up on socks leads to cold feet.
  • Always have your child wear a hat. Most of our body heat escapes through the head.
  • Protect the face with a mask. Face masks that cover the mouth trap warm, moist air, allowing the child to inhale pre-heated air.
  • Take rest breaks, and give your child plenty of hot drinks.
  • Teach kids the buddy system of checking each other's faces for pale or white skin.
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