Kids love to play out in the snow. But if they’re not dressed properly, it can create a dangerous situation.
Dr. Deb Lonzer, a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, says certain body parts are more susceptible to cold weather than others - fingers, ears and tips of the nose and toes.
Frostbite happens when the skin and outer tissue become frozen. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping your child’s fingers, toes, and ears covered.
It’s also important to keep your child’s gloves, hat, and boots dry in the cold because wet hands and feet can also lead to frostbite.
Keeping warm and dry during the winter cold is essential to staying away from frostbite. Lonzer says thick socks and waterproof boots are a must and if you have a choice between gloves and mittens, go with the mittens because the heat of the hand can be better trapped inside them.
A scarf is also a necessity. But Dr. Lonzer says it doesn't necessarily go around the neck - the nose and ears need to be covered.
Your best bet is to listen to cues from your kids. If they’re cold and uncomfortable, get them back inside to warm up.