Have Fun In The Snow, But Take Precaution For Bitter Cold Temps

Wednesday, February 2nd 2011, 9:28 pm
By: News 9

Deanne Stein, News 9

YUKON, Oklahoma -- Most kids are itching to get outside and play during their snow days, but the arctic temperatures can be dangerous to their skin.

Doctors are warning parents to take precautions when heading out to avoid hypothermia and frostbite.

Experts suggest the following:

  • Keep all skin covered and wear plenty of layers.
  • Keep hands and feet dry. Once mittens and socks get wet, change them.
  • Don't stay outside for longer than 30 minutes at a time.

Signs of hypothermia include confusion, dizziness, uncontrollable shivering.

For frostbite, watch out for gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness and waxy feeling skin and seek medical attention immediately.