A primary concern when sending your kids out to enjoy some outdoor fun in the winter is frostbite. Frostbite happens when skin is exposed to extreme temperatures, causing it to freeze. Hands, feet, noses, cheeks and ears are the parts of the body that are most susceptible to frostbite, so you'll want to watch these areas in particular for signs of frostbite, including:
- stinging or burning
- a grayish color, followed by shininess and whiteness—indications that frostbite has set in.
To prevent frostbite and keep your kid toasty warm, be sure to dress him in several layers including:
- a water- and wind-resistant snowsuit or coat
- waterproof boots on top of warm, moisture-wicking socks
- a scarf
- a hat
If your child complains of soreness on any body part after playing outside in the cold, you'll want to slowly warm the area using your own body heat. (A perfect excuse for a post-play snuggle!) Avoid out-dated treatments such as rubbing snow into a frostbitten area or heating the area with warm water, which can cause further damage. If you suspect frostbite, call your doc for treatment help.