Protecting kids in cold temps

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — For the first time this school year, many students will have to brave winter temperatures as they head back to school on Monday.

It’s important to layer clothing, allowing kids to peel a layer off when they get hot.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital warns parents about younger children being more susceptible to hypothermia. Kids use up energy reserves quicker and can’t maintain the same body temperatures as adults.

Waterproof pants and jackets are suggested for top layers to keep wetness from seeping into other clothing.

Covering hands, ears and head can help prevent frostbite.

Skin that is paler than normal as well as firm, and dry couild be early signs of frostbite.

Some children may insist on wearing short sleeves during the winter time. Nationwide Children’s Hospital suggests choosing fabrics that are lighter and easier to move in.

Also, if your child suffers from winter nosebleeds, you can using a cold air humidifier in their room or saline nose drops can help.

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