Keys to keeping kids safe during cold weather

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DENVER -- Severely cold weather is tough on all of us, especially the little ones.   Doctors say kids need extra protection when the temperature plummets and bundling them up is just the beginning when it comes to safeguarding their health.

Parents should begin with creating a barrier to the cold in order to preventing illness and injury.

Dress kids in layers, making sure to cover their heads and any exposed skin.

Justin Murphy, Clinic Head at Guardian Urgent Care says cold weather can have a much harsher effect on children so parents need to limit the time kids spend outdoors.

“Children's cardiovascular systems are not as mature as adults so therefore they are less able to compensate for changes in temperature."

Older kids waiting at bus stops should have shelter and wear fleece layers topped by a waterproof coat.

Children of every age need to stay hydrated when the air is cold and dry.

Parents should know the signs of frostbite:

  • Redness
  • Loss of feeling
  • Extreme dryness

Frostbite can happen in just 10 minutes on a baby or toddler's sensitive skin.

If you notice these symptoms seek medical attention immediately.