Baby it’s Cold Outside: Tips to Avoid Frostbite and Hypothermia

Now that the extreme cold has arrived in the northern U.S. after a mild winter so far, doctors are warning about the potential for frostbite and hypothermia.

Winter doesn’t usually slow down outdoor activity for most Midwesterners. However, those who are going to be outdoors when wind chills are below 20 or 30 degrees should keep in mind that frostbite can set in on exposed skins within a matter of minutes.

“It’s imperative that parents are bundling up their children in this weather, and they should skip making snowmen until the temperature increases,” Stephanie O’Malley, CMA, (AAMA) medical assistant, medical administrative assistant, and mental health technician program chair at Minnesota School of Business in Rochester, said.

Thousands of people suffer from frostbite each winter. In the record-cold winter of 2013, Hennepin County Medical Center saw more than 200 cases of frostbite, which is triple the average.

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