Keeping Safe This Winter

Posted by Keri Hartwright
Last updated 10th January 2018
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  • Hypothermia

    This is a risk for anyone experiencing over exposure in the cold. It is even more of a risk to small children, babies or elderly relatives. In order to avoid hypothermia, make sure they are wearing plenty of layers including a hat and avoid over exposure or long periods in the cold, limit the length of their snowball fights / snowman creating.

    Hypothermia is caused by a low body temperature and small children are unable to regulate their own body temperature which increases their chances of developing this.

    If your child starts to feel cold to the touch or look pale, displays constant shivering, tiredness and low energy these can all be a sign of mild hypothermia. It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect hypothermia, but while you are waiting for help to arrive, make sure they are warmed up gradually.

    For further hints and tips on managing hypothermia, check out NHS choices

    The do's
    • Remove any wet clothing
    • Place them in a warm area
    • Encourage them to take some warm drinks