STLMoms: Avoiding Hypothermia and Frostbite
(STLMoms) – We’re going to be facing some of the coldest weather we’ve seen in decades. So how do we protect ourselves and our children in this dangerous cold?
Mary Alice McCubbins is a nurse practitioner with St. Louis Children’s Hospital and she gives us the facts about children and hypothermia.
Hypothermia is defined as a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F (37 C). Hypothermia occurs as your body temperature passes below 95 F (35 C).
HOW CAN WE AVOID HYPOTHERMIA:
Stay indoors during extreme temperatures
Check on friends and neighbors who might be at risk
Certain medical conditions such as diabetes and thyroid conditions, some medications, severe trauma, or using drugs or alcohol all increase the risk of hypothermia.
HOW IS HYPOTHERMIA DIFFERENT FROM FROSTBITE?
Hypothermia means the body is cold from the inside out; frostbite occurs when the cold moves from the outside in (extremities suffer frostbite first)
Learn More: www.hypothermia.org